- Martin Luther King, civil rights leader in the 1960s in America.
- Corey Hawkins, young actor known for the 24 legacy tv-series.
Martin Luther King was born on January 15 in 1929. He became a preacher man at the Baptist Church in Alabama. In 1953 he married Correta Scott King.
Left preacher Martin Luther King. Right actor Corey Hawkins.
In 1955 Martin Luther King became a wellknown person throughout America. He became a leader in the resistance against segregation laws in the USA, when black woman Rosa Park was arrested for refusing to give up her seat in the bus for a white woman. From that moment on, King was highly involved in the civil rights movement for the black community in the USA.
Martin Luther King, like Gandhi, insisted on peaceful resistance, without any voilence. This was a factor giving him much sympathy amongst the progessive thinking part of white Americans. 28 augustus 1963, Martin Luther King organized a march in Washington, where he gave his famous speech “I have a dream”. Not long after, in 1965, the coloured community obtained voting rights.
In 1968, Martin Luther King was shot by an unknown sniper at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. He was 39 years old. In 1969, an American called James Earl Ray (picture right), testified he had committed the murder, but shortly after changed his statement. He still was sentenced to life in prison and died in 1998. The King family considers the murder of Martin Luther King unsolved.
Corey is a perfect match for the leading role in a film about Martin Luther King. Anyone can see the similarities in the appearance. But also the details of their faces are similar. The small ears, (“cat”) eyes, eye brows, overall shape of the skull, large lips, the nose. Martin Luther King’s left eye (right for the viewer) is positioned a bit higher compared to his right eye. They look very much alike. But not only do they share a similar shape of face, Corey also has the very typical eye movements of Martin Luther King, shifting his focus quickly from his right to his left. And their voices even sounds similar.
Forget the age difference. That is easily solved with the make-up they have in Hollywood. Anyone can be made to look 30 or even 40 years younger or older. Age is the main difference between these two men, besides the style in clothes. Corey has a flawless skin, clearly wearing quality make-up. A 80 year old man can look like 30 years young. And they can make a 25 year old boy look like he is 40.
There is only one big difference. Martin Luther King is said to have been 169cm tall, while Corey Hawkins is 185cm tall.