Martin Luther King


Martin Luther King is one of the towering figures of modern history. The vitality and importance of his message of peace and struggle has not diminished in the slightest since his passing. If anything, the chaos and darkness of the world these days makes Dr. King’s message more urgent than ever.

He made his mark on the national psyche during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, of course, first coming to national prominence with the release, in February of 1956, of an AP wire story carried by dozens of newspapers around the country.

Here’s how his FirstMention appeared in the February 23, 1956 issue of The Lima News in Ohio.\

His words will live on forever, I’m sure. But how I wish the man himself were still among us.


Our FirstMention research is carried out in many sources, including historical newspaper archives, online family history records, state archives, and old books.