Martin Luther King, Jr.

Even though Lincoln sought to unite the states and let black people become true citizens of America and be freed from slavery. It was not until Martin Luther King, Jr. did America really start to stop becoming divided by racial discrimination.

Martin Luther King, Jr., was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the eldest son of Martin Luther King, Sr., a Baptist minister, and Alberta Williams King. His father served as pastor of a large Atlanta church, Ebenezer Baptist, which had been founded by Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, maternal grandfather. King, Jr., was ordained as a Baptist minister at age 18.

King’s public-speaking abilities—which would become renowned as his stature grew in the civil rights movement—developed slowly during his collegiate years. By the end of his third year at Crozer, however, professors were praising King for the powerful impression he made in public speeches and discussions.

Throughout his education, King was exposed to influences that related Christian theology to the struggles of oppressed peoples. King also read and heard the sermons of white Protestant ministers who preached against American racism. Benjamin E. Mays, president of Morehouse and a leader in the national community of racially liberal clergymen, was especially important in shaping King’s theological development.

Many white bus drivers treated blacks rudely, often cursing them and humiliating them by enforcing the city’s segregation laws, which forced black riders to sit in the back of buses and give up their seats to white passengers on crowded buses. When the cup was filled, Montgomery’s blacks had discussed boycotting the buses in an effort to gain better treatment—but not necessarily to end segregation.

Posted 2011-01-29 and updated on Jun 08, 2011 12:13am by crisd

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