Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Global beacon for unalienable rights

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the best-known advocates for unalienable rights. His life and work symbolize the quest for equality for all people. Unalienable rights are natural rights with which all people are born. They include the right to life and liberty and the freedom to pursue one’s own destiny. And yet today, and throughout history, governments around the world have denied people their rights. King’s example has inspired others to change their societies through nonviolent protest. From the Solidarity movement’s cracking of Soviet occupation in Poland to Nelson Mandela’s struggle to end apartheid in South Africa, King’s legacy continues to be a message of hope for those enduring state repression, as a symbol of love, compassion and courage. [Graphic: Department of State
United States of America
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