Today is the actual birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. One of the most well-known civil rights leaders within American history. On this day in 1029, he was born in Atlanta, Georgia to a school teacher Alberta Williams King, and a pastor Martin Luther King, Sr. As he grew up as a gifted child he attended the Atlanta public school system. He showed how gifted he was by being admitted to Morehouse at the age of 15. This is where he studied law and medicine. During his studies his mentor Dr. Benjamin Mays convinced him to change his studies toward ministry.
Dr. King, graduated in 1948 from Morehouse. He entered Croger Theological Seminary in P.A and earned a bachelor of Divinity degree. After that he enrolled in a graduate program at Boston University, which he completed in 1953 with a doctorate. While in Boston he met Coretta Scott, who he married in 1953. They settled in Montgomery, Alabama. While in there he became a pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. They became a family with four children – Yolanda Denise King, Martin Luther King III, Dexter Scott King and Bernice Abertine King. Within the first year of living in Alabama, the decision of Brown vs Board of Education in 1954.
In December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for not getting up for a white passenger. This sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott. They chose Martin Luther King, Jr as the protest leader and official spokesman. Throughout the years he grew as well-known protest leader. On April 12, 1963, he was arrested during one of his protest he wrote “Letter from Birmington Jail” which became the civil rights manifesto.
He organized the ‘March on Washington’ on August 28, 1963. They were 200,000 to 300,000 participants to witness the famous ‘I have a dream’ speech. Opening the door to the ‘Civil Rights Acts of 1964’. On April 4, 1968, was assassinated.
On this day take time to remember and the accomplishment of this great civil rights leader. Happy Martin Luther King Day!