Martin Luther King Jr. was an iconic figure for baby boomers. In 1964, the last birth year of boomers, Dr. King was the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. He won this award for the incredible work he had done by age 35, to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other nonviolent means.

Dr. King followed the nonviolent teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, and by the time he moved his focus in 1967/68 to ending poverty and stopping the Vietnam War, he had quite a following of impressionable baby boomers.

In August of last year, the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial opened in Washington, D.C. A recent press release from the foundation states that, “Since its opening, over 2 million visitors from around the globe have been able to witness firsthand the message of hope, justice, democracy and love that resonates from the crescent-shaped walls.”

Josh Levs of CNN provides a great overview along with a virtual tour of the monument, complete with a Google Earth perspective.

This is a good year to be inspired by Dr. King’s  passion for change. His voice was always one of hope and encouragement to do the right thing. The $8.89 Kindle version of The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. that is filled with his speeches and writing may be the perfect way to keep his inspiration handy.