Christian background as his father was a Reverend for their church and sang in the church choir.
King graduated Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology in 1948.
In 1953 King married Coretta Scott and they had four children before he became the pastor Dexter Avenue Baptist church in Montgomery Alabama when he was 25. Education In 1948, Martin Luther King Jr. earned a sociology degree from Morehouse College and attended the liberal Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania. He thrived in all his studies, and was valedictorian of his class in 1951, and elected student body president. He also earned a fellowship for graduate study. Family/ marriage
He married Coretta Scott, the younger daughter of Obadiah and Bernice McMurry Scott of Marion, Alabama, on June 18, 1953. The marriage ceremony took place on the lawn of the Scott’s home in Marion, Alabama. The Rev. King, Sr. performed the service, with
Mrs. Edythe Bagley, the sister of Coretta Scott King as maid of honor, and the Rev. A.D.
King, the brother of Martin Luther King, Jr., as best man.
Yolanda Denise (November 17, 1955, Montgomery, Alabama)
Martin Luther III (October 23, 1957, Montgomery, Alabama)
Dexter Scott (January 30, 1961, Atlanta, Georgia)
Bernice Albertine (March 28, 1963, Atlanta, Georgia)
Beliefs on civil rights King was one of the main driving forces behind the Civil Rights movements, as he worked tirelessly to help achieve equality for AfricanAmericans. He also believed in the
"Beloved Community," a term first used by Josiah Royce. The term referred to his belief that all people should be able to have enough to eat, enough money to sustain themselves, and a roof above their heads. It also referred to how he valued love and peace rather than hate and war. Notable speeches and events Letter from Birmingham Jail — April 16, 1963
hile jailed for leading antisegregation protests in Birmingham, King wrote this letter arguing
that individuals have the moral duty to disobey unjust laws.
We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly I have never yet engaged in a direct action movement that was "well timed," according to the timetable of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word "Wait!" It rings in the ear of every Negro with a piercing familiarity. This "wait" has almost always meant
"never." We must come to see with the distinguished jurist of yesterday that "justice too long delayed is justice denied." The