Associated Press
Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, Washington D.C.

Every year in America, we celebrate the life and works of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

King's ardent efforts in advocating for civil rights and combating racial inequality and his constant practice of nonviolent civil disobedience has left a lasting legacy that has inspired and continues to inspire the world. King was assassinated more than 45 years ago on April 4, 1968.

In the U.S. and all around the world, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient is commemorated through powerful statues, thought-provoking and beautiful murals and towns whose humble streets are proud to bear King's name.