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Martin Luther King Jr was born in Atlanta Georgia the oldest son of Martin Luther King Sr and Alberta Williams King His father was a Baptist minister a pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist church in Atlanta which was founded by Kings maternal grandfather King attended local segregated schools where he excelled At age fifteen he went on to Morehouse college and received a bachelors degree in sociology At that point he went on to graduate with a bachelor of divinity degree from Crozer Theological Seminary then continued on to be awarded a doctorate on systematic theology from Boston University Not content with his accomplishments he went on to be an American Civil Rights Leader King Martin Luther Jr King was brought up very modestly His parents taught him the value of going to church He also learned to use what he experienced as a tool for improving the lives of African Americans At a young age he appeared determined to change things By his academic endeavors he appeared to be a very serious person someone not afraid to go against the grain He was not willing to use his oppression as a reason for mediocrity and laziness Instead he planned to stand up for his beliefs and become a leader for the cause of Civil Rights His moral values of integrity love truth fairness caring non-violence achievement and peace were what motivated him King was not great because he was well-known he was great because he served as a cause of peace and justice for all humans He is remembered for his humanity leadership and his love for his fellow man regardless of skin color He is termed one of the most influential leaders of our time
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