Eighty-nine years ago, to this day, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born. He represents the epitome of the anti-discrimination, civil rights and human rights movement as much today as he did in 1953, when he gave his famous “I have a dream” speech or in 1964, when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. His reputation has traveled through times and lands, and his birthday is celebrated in many places across the globe , not only in the USA.In the USA, he is revered as a hero of activism and civil disobedience, both on a non-violent level. But his work has immensely impacted the international human rights movement as well. It is for this reason I chose him as the subject of my essay.Throughout his work, Dr. King’s draws similarity lines between domestic issues that affected the US society and issues of global importance, such as poverty and war. His teachings on anti-imperialism, anti-colonialism, anti-racism, and anti-violence are as true in the US as they are in many parts of the world – then and now. In his Nobel Prize Lecture , he mentions the impact The American Civil Rights Movement had on an international level: “All over the world, like a fever, the freedom movement is spreading in the widest liberation in history. The great masses of people are determined to end the exploitation of their races and land.”Another example of his global impact was in 1960, when he spoke out against activism in South Africa , calling it “the world’s worst racism.”Dr. King’s also had a powerful impact on international law . The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in 1965 was influenced by The US Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King’s work. This vital piece of human rights legislation laid the foundation for the adoption, in 1966, of additional human right treaties – the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights .The international influence on human rights of Dr. King can also be seen in his speech on The Vietnam war . In this, Dr. King linked the US domestic fight for human rights and justice with the need for a foreign policy of non-violence and non-domination. He states: “We must find new ways to speak for peace in Vietnam and justice throughout the developing world, a world that borders on our doors. If we do not act, we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark, and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight.” Today, more than ever, discrimination, human rights, social injustice, and racism are burning topics that span across countries, continents, social, and economic settings. One can only wonder how different the fight would have been if Dr. King had not been assassinated in the prime of his life.