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KING Martin Luther Jr 1929-68 Inspired by the belief that love and peaceful protest could eliminate social injustice Martin Luther King Jr became one of the outstanding black leaders in the United States He aroused whites and blacks alike to protest racial discrimination portray and war A champion of nonviolent resistance to oppress ion he was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1964 Martin Luther King Jr was born in Atlanta Ga on Jan15 1929 His father Martin Sr was the pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church a black congregation His mother Alberta Williams King was a schoolteacher Martin had an older sister Christine and a younger brother Alfred Daniel Martin encountered racism at an early age When he was 6 his friendship with two white playmates was cut short by their parents When he was 11 a white woman struck him and called him a nigger A bright student he was admitted to Morehouse College at 15 without completing high school He decided to become a minister and at 18 was ordained in his fathers church After graduating from Morehouse in 1948 he entered Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester Pa He was the ledictorian of his class in 1951 and won a graduate fellowship At Boston University he received a Ph D in theology in 1955 In Boston King met Coretta Scott They were married in 1953 and had two sons Martin Luther III and Dexter Scott and two daughters Yolanda Denise and Bernice Albertine Civil-Rights Efforts King had been impressed by the teachings of Henry David Thoreau and Mahatma Gandhi on nonviolent resistance King wrote I came to feel that this was the only morally and practically sound method open to oppressed people in their struggle for freedom He became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery Ala in 1954 In December 1955 King was chosen to head the Montgomery lmprovement Association formed by the black community
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