Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia. The life of this legend started fast, while he graduated high school at the age of 15 because he was able to skip ninth and eleventh grades. There on, Kint attended Morehouse College in Atlanta in 1944. In 1948, Martin Luther King Jr. earned a sociology degree from Morehouse College and attended the liberal Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania. He thrived in all his studies, and was valedictorian of his class in 1951, and elected student body president. While there he meets Coretta Scott, who will become his wife in later years. In 1954, while still working on his dissertation, King became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. He completed his Ph.D. and was award his degree in 1955. King was only 25 years old. During this period, King followed in his father’s footsteps by fighting against racial prejudice, not just because his race suffered, but because he considered racism and segregation to be an affront to God’s will. NAACP and other big civil rights organizations formed together to strategize the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The boycott started when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on December 1, 1955. The boycott involved the black community refusing to use the buses for 382 days of walking to work, harassment, violence and intimidation. The organizers of the boycott including King came marked it as a success when Montgomery desegregated the buses. By the end of 1959, King left Montgomery permanently for Atlanta. He began traveling around the world to Europe, India, Ghana, where he lobbied nationally for civil rights, indirectly contributed to the large Afro-American vote that gave candidate John F. Kennedy a slim presidential victory, and presided over the birth of the Atlanta-based Southern Christian Leadership Conference. In April 1960, he was present for the founding of what was to become SNCC, at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. For the years to come, Martin Luther King will face many obstacles like being sent to jail to being assaulted. He stayed to his strategy of non-violent protesting to make a stand for the black community. He did this by participating in numerous events advocating civil rights, that are still remembered today. After King’s assassination, he has been remembered with a national federal observance day, many murals, and museum exhibits in his honor.
You can research more about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by reading his autobiography and views numerous documentaries and movies illustrating his story. Below is the cover of his autobiography along, and if you click the book, you will be directed to purchase it on Amazon.
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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