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REPORT ON DRKING Born in Atlanta on January 15 1929 Kings roots were in the African-American Baptist church He was the grandson of the Rev A D Williams pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church and a founder of Atlantas NAACP chapter and the son of Martin Luther King Sr who succeeded Williams as Ebenezers pastor and also became a civil rights leader Although from an early age King resented religious emotionalism and questioned literal interpretations of scripture he nevertheless greatly admired black social gospel proponents such as his father who saw the church as an instrument for improving the lives of African Americans Morehouse College president Benjamin Mays and other proponents of Christian social activism influenced Kings decision after his junior year at Morehouse to become a minister and thereby serve society His continued skepticism however shaped his subsequent theological studies at Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester Pennsylvania and at Boston University where he received a doctorate in systematic theology in 1955 Rejecting offers for academic positions King decided while completing his Ph D requirements to return to the South and accepted the pastorate of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery Alabama information taken from wwwstanfordedugroupking On December 5 1955 five days after Montgomery civil rights activist Rosa Parks refused to obey the citys rules mandating segregation on buses black residents launched a bus boycott and elected King as president of the newly formed Montgomery Improvement Association As the boycott continued during 1956 King gained national prominence as a result of his exceptional oratorical skills and personal courage His house was bombed and he was convicted along with other boycott leaders on charges of conspiring to interfere with the bus companys operations Despite these attempts to suppress the movement Montgomery bus were desegregated in December 1956 after the United States Supreme Court declared Alabamas segregation laws unconstitutional In 1957 seeking to build upon the success of the Montgomery boycott movement King and other
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