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12 Actors Who Have Portrayed Iconic Activist Martin Luther King Jr.

On April 4, 1968, civil rights leader and icon Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered just one day after delivering his legendary “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” address at Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee. 

On that day, the world lost a revered leader in the fight for equality, but King’s legacy lives on in history and pop culture.

A number of actors, including King’s son Dexter Scott King, have paid homage to the slain hero through pop culture, carrying on his legacy in film.

From David Oyelowo to Courtney B. Vance, here are 12 actors who have portrayed Martin Luther King Jr.