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Martin Luther King Jr was born January 15 1929 in Atlanta Ga Until he was six years old his name was Michael Luther King Jr His father changed both their names legally to Martin in honor of the German religious leader Martin luther His parents were names Martin Luther King Sr and Alberta Williams King He had an older sister name Christine and a younger brother name Alfred Daniel He and his siblings were taught at an early age the importance of religion and the need for good education Both Martins parents were greatly involved in their church Ebenezer Baptist in which they attended Martins mother Alberta was a school teacher and church musician and his father was a minister At an early age Martin saw how his father stood up for what he believed in and helped him see how early slavery and segregation set fear in blacks toward white people Martin also knew because of this segregation blacks were treated unfairly which lead to his decision to become a minister himself and make life better for blacks Martins education started at Morehouse College where he graduated in 1948 He continued his studies at Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester Pennsylvania where he earned a Bachelor of Divinity Degree in 1951 During this time he meet and started dating Coretta Scott and in 1953 they were married In 1954 Martin and Coretta moved to Montgomery Alabama where he became pastor at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church Throughtout their marriage they had four children In 1955 he earned a doctorate degree from Boston University In 1960 Martin and his family moved to Atlanta where he became pastor with his father at Ebenezer Baptist Church On December 5 1955 five days after Montgomery civil rights activist Rosa Parks refused to obey city rules mandating segregation on buses which lead to bus boycotts This also lead Martin to become president of the newly formed Montgomery Improvement Association Those
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