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Martin Luther King Jr was born at noon Tuesday January 15 1929 at his home in Atlanta Georgia He was first named Michael Luther King Jr and later changed his name to Martin after his father He was the first son and second child born to the reverend Martin Luther King Sr and Alberta Williams King a schoolteacherGrowing up as an African American in Georgia Martin experienced and suffered discrimination throughout his boyhood This discrimination against black people was cruel and demoralizing Martin Luther King Jr told once of an experience he had riding a bus with his schoolteacher from Macon to Atlanta the driver started cursing us out and calling us black sons of bitches I decided not to move at all but my teacher pointed out that we must obey the law So we got up and stood in the aisle the whole 90 miles to Atlanta It was a night Ill never forget I dont think I have ever been so deeply angry in my lifeThere were many discriminatory laws in the South They had certain restaurants that they were allowed to eat in separate water-fountains separate bathrooms Just about everything you can think of was segregated One of his first experiences was with the curtains that were used on the dining cars of trains to separate the whites from the blacks This incident struck King pretty hard he said I felt just it as if a curtain had come down across my whole life The insult of it I will never forgetKing was an extremely bright student and skipped right through his high school years and entered Atlantas Negro Morehouse College at age 15 His father encouraged him to study ministry while he had his heart set on medicine or law King was embarrassed of his own religion He didnt understand what all the shouting and stamping was all about But after reading and rereading Thoreaus essay Civil Disobedience he came
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