January 19, 2021 4 min read

martin luther king jr. day

The civil rights leader Michael King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. In 1934, however, his father, a pastor at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, traveled to Germany and became inspired by the Protestant Reformation leader Martin Luther. As a result, King Sr. changed his own name as well as that of his 5-year-old son.


Here are some interesting facts about Martin Luther King Jr.:

1. King entered college at age 15. King was such a gifted student that he skipped grades nine and 12 before enrolling in 1944 at Morehouse College, the alma mater of his father and maternal grandfather.

2. Six years before his iconic oration at the March on Washington, King was among the leaders who spoke in the shadow of the Great Emancipator during the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom on May 17, 1957.

3. Before a crowd estimated at between 15,000 and 30,000, King delivered his first national address on the topic of voting rights. His speech, in which he urged America to “give us the ballot,” drew strong reviews and positioned him at the forefront of the civil rights leadership.

4. King had come to Memphis in April 1968 to support the strike of the city’s Black garbage workers, and in a speech on the night before his assassination, he told an audience at Mason Temple Church: “Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now … I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. And I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”


In this tutorial, we used the following supplies:

  • Pencil B 
  • Pencil 3B
  • Pencil 5B



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Let's draw  'Martin Luther King Jr.' step by step


who killed martin luther king jrStep 1. We start the construction with the shape of the head, for this we draw a circle, and at the bottom we add the shape of the lower jaw of a person and draw a middle line (it will be slightly displaced, since the head is slightly turned). (Pencil B)


martin luther king jr. dayStep 2. At the beginning, we divide the front part of the head into 3 equal parts, they will be equal to the distance from the tip of the nose to the eyebrows, the distance will be greater from above, because there will be a hairline. Then, under the eyebrow line, add an eye line, and under the end of the nose, add a lip line. On the right, draw the outline of the ear (from the line of the eyes to the tip of the nose) and add the neck and shoulders. (Pencil B)


martin luther king jrStep 3. We begin to draw the face from the nose, since the head is slightly turned, then the bridge of the nose will be slightly tilted. Next, draw the eyebrows and use the circles to outline the eyes (the distance between the eyes will be equal to their width), we also outline the lips. (Pencil B)


martin luther king jr quotesStep 4. Draw a line of hair growth. Draw the eyes, lips, ear and add a mustache and chin. (Pencil B)


martin luther king jr.Step 5. In front of our eyes, add pupils and highlights, and at the bottom we draw a jacket, shirt and tie. (Pencil B)


martin luther king jr day 2020Step 6. Remove all unnecessary construction lines and use a nag to soften the tone of the outline. (Pencil B)


día de martin luther king jr.Step 7. We start shading from the darkest parts of the head and work on the eyes, for this we use a softer pencil. (Pencil 3B)


dr martin luther king jrStep 8. Add tone to all parts of the face and work on the remaining details, such as the nose, mustache, eyebrow lips. When shading eyebrows and mustache, try to convey the texture of the hairs as much as possible. (Pencil 3B)


martin luther king jr i have a dream speechStep 9. Draw the hair using circular strokes, so we can reproduce the texture of the hair as closely as possible. At the bottom we are working on the clothes, since the shirt is white on it, you need to add very little shadow with the HB pencil, and for all the rest of the clothes we use the 5B pencil. (Pencil 5B)


martin luther king, jr.Step 10. The last step is to add on the left the inscription “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is,“ What are you doing for others? ” Martin Luther King Jr. " for this we use a soft pencil. (Pencil 5B)


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