7 Latino leaders inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. (PHOTOS)
It's Martin Luther King Day, a time to pay tribute to the iconic leader that spurred the civil rights movement and created lasting change in society.
His legacy has long since been an inspiration to many, including leaders of the Latino community who have followed in his footsteps to make a difference of their world. Hispanic activities like Dolores Huertas and Cesar Chavez shared Martin Luther King Jr.'s commitment to improving the lives of others and giving a voice to many who had no way of speaking out.
So, in honor of the holiday, here are four Latino icons who were inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. and his work:
Pedro Albizu Campos
Albizu Campos was a famed Puerto Rican activist, and the leader of the Puerto Rican independence movement. He became the first Puerto Rican to graduate from Harvard University, where he graduated at the top of his class in 1921. As the president of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party, he was imprisoned several times for his strong beliefs and calls for uprisings.