Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15, 1929. He was the oldest son of the Rev. and Mrs. Martin Luther King. He was named Michael Luther after his father but he later change it to Martin Luther after the great church leader. Bad racial experiences made a long lasting impression on Martin. One day the parents of the boys Martin played with told him they could not play with him anymore because he was black and they were white. That broke his heart and he ran home and told his mother. His mother tried to explain to him why it happen,so she talk to him about racism and prejudice people. She told him that although blacks were no longer slaves, they were not really free. Martin grew up doing and liking what other kids like baseball, basketball and wrestling, but he liked reading most of all. He liked reading mostly about famous people in black historyand he liked to learn new words and use them. He also liked listing to his father and the other ministers use strong words when they preached. He wanted to follow in their footsteps. He made words his weapon for defense and offense. Martin once told his mother “I’m going to get me some big and strong words like the other preachers.” When he was in high school, his skills to use words got him to win an oratorical contest. In September 1944, when he was only 15 years old, Martin entered Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. It was an all black school, and his father and grandfather went there. He knew his father wanted him to become a minister, but Martin was not sure that that was what he wanted to do. At first, he was not sure what his course of study he was going to do, but his experiences at Morehouse shaped his direction for life. It was not until after the meeting with Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, the college president; and Professor George Kelsey, head of the religion department; that he made up his mind. Martin was high…


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