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Martin Luther King, Jr. Young Martin received a solid education and grew up in a loving extended family. This secure upbringing, however, did not prevent King from experiencing the prejudices then common in the South.
He never forgot the time when, at about age six, one of his white playmates announced that his parents would no longer allow him to play with King, because the children were now attending segregated schools. Dearest to King in these early years was his maternal grandmother, whose death in left him shaken and unstable.
Inat age 15, King entered Morehouse College in Atlanta under a special wartime program intended to boost enrollment by admitting promising high-school students like King. Before beginning college, however, King spent the summer on a tobacco farm in Connecticut; it was his first extended stay away from home and his first substantial experience of race relations outside the segregated South.
He was shocked by how peacefully the races mixed in the North. At Morehouse, King favoured studies in medicine and law, but these were eclipsed in his senior year by a decision to enter the ministry, as his father had urged. Committed to fighting racial inequality, Mays accused the African American community of complacency in the face of oppression, and he prodded the black church into social action by criticizing its emphasis on the hereafter instead of the here and now; it was a call to service that was not lost on the teenage King.
He graduated from Morehouse in He earned a bachelor of divinity degree in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was a civil rights leader who followed the philosophy of change through nonviolence, based on the beliefs and methods of Mahatma Gandhi.
King promoted resisting racial discrimination through such actions as lunch-counter sit-ins, bus boycotts, and peaceful marches and demonstrations. The King family -- Martin Luther King, Sr. (Daddy King), Alberta Williams King, Willie Christine King, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Alfred Daniel Williams King (known as A.
D. King) -- moves from Auburn Avenue to Boulevard in Atlanta. Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., mortal shooting of the Rev.
Martin Luther King, Jr., the most prominent leader of the American civil rights movement, on April 4, , in Memphis, Tennessee. Learn more about the background, details, and aftermath of the assassination in this article.
Nov 09, · Watch video · Martin Luther King, Jr. was a social activist and Baptist minister who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the . As the leader of the nonviolent Civil Rights Movement of the s and s, Martin Luther King Jr.
traversed the country in his quest for freedom. His involvement in the movement began during the bus boycotts of and was ended by an assassin's bullet in .