Martin Luther King was a hero because he fought for what he believed in. King fought against segregation, which is when people are separated based on race or color. He wanted everyone to be equal under the law, regardless of their race or color.
King wasn’t afraid to speak out about injustice when he saw it happening around him, even if that meant going up against powerful people who were in favor of segregation. He knew that this was important work—and he knew that it could get him into trouble if he spoke out too loudly or too forcefully—but he did it anyway because he cared about seeing change happen in America and felt that it was worth risking his safety for.
King inspired others to stand up for themselves and fight back against injustice by example: he showed them how not only can you resist injustice, but also how you can make change happen through your actions as well!
Martin Luther King Jr., born Michael King Jr., was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. His father, Martin Luther King Sr., was a Baptist minister who served as president of Morehouse College from 1940 until 1967 when he became pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church where Martin Luther King Jr.’s grandfather (also named Martin Luther King) had once been pastor before him; his mother Alberta Williams King helped run the church’s outreach programs until her death from breast cancer in 1951 when her son was twelve years old; both were active members of their local congregation of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church; although both parents were strong believers in nonviolence throughout their lives.