Martin Luther King.

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11th February 2003                                                                                                  H/w

Martin Luther King was born on January 15th 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was 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 called Ebenezer Baptist, which was founded by Martin Luther King Jr's maternal grandfather. King Jr. was ordained as a Baptist minister at the age of 18. Martin Luther King attended local segregated public schools, where he excelled. He entered nearby Morehouse College at age 15 and graduated with a bachelor's 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.

King had obvious public-speaking abilities—which became renowned as his stature grew in the Civil Rights Movement—developed slowly during his collegiate years. He won a second-place prize in a speech contest as an undergraduate at Morehouse, but received Cs in two public-speaking courses in his first year at Crozer. By the end of his third year at Crozer, however, professors were praising him for the powerful impression he made in public speeches and discussions. Throughout his education, Martin Luther King was exposed to influences that related Christian theology to the struggles of oppressed people. At Morehouse, Crozer, and Boston University, he studied the teachings on nonviolent protest of Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi. King also read and heard the sermons of white Protestant ministers who preached against American racism.

Martin Luther King was brought up to be a Christian and he had a lot of beliefs about black rights. He would have been taught to love thy neighbour and not to kill, and other Christian teachings, however, he may have been justified to think that violence as self-defence or violence in a just war when it is the last option was alright. However Martin Luther King didn’t agree with violence, and he, (like Mahandus Gandhi,) decided to try and get equal rights without using violence. Only this time he was trying to get equal rights for black people living in America.

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He may have wanted to try and get equal rights for black people because of several reasons. One was the diversion of black people from white people. For example, when Martin Luther King was a young boy, his two best friends were two white boys and they played together everyday. However, when Martin Luther King was six, the white boys had to go to an all white school and Martin Luther King had to go to an all blacks school. His friends’ mother kept telling him that they could not play together anymore.

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