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The Towers of Freedom Two men that stood up for their freedom two men that stood up on what they believe in These men are Martin Luther King Jr and Nelson Mandela who stood up like sturdy towers against the torrent of segregation and apartheid Martin Luther King Jr was born on January 15 1929 in Atlanta Georgia the eldest son of Martin Luther King Sr a Baptist minister and Alberta Williams King His father served as pastor of a large Atlanta church Ebenezer Baptist which had been founded by Martin Luther King Jrs maternal grandfather King Jr was ordained as a Baptist minister at age 18 King attended local segregated public schools where he excelled He entered nearby Morehouse College at age 15 and graduated with a bachelors degree in sociology in 1948 After graduating with honors from Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania in 1951 he went to Boston University where he earned a doctoral degree in systematic theology in 1955 Mandela on the other hand was born on July 18 1918 in Umtata South Africa Xhosa-speaking Thembu chief He attended the University of Fort Hare in Alice where he became involved in the political struggle against the racial discrimination practiced in South Africa He was expelled in 1940 for participating in a student demonstration After moving to Johannesburg he completed his course work by correspondence through the University of South Africa and received a bachelors degree in 1942 Mandela then studied law at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg He became increasingly involved with the African National Congress a multiracial nationalist movement which sought to bring about democratic political change in South Africa Mandela helped establish the ANC Youth League in 1944 and became its president in 1951 Mandela is older than Martin Luther King by 11 years so if you were to look at it Mandela should have more experience and education than Martin Luther King but thats not what
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