Today, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’ would have turned 91 years old. And even after 52 years of his death, his words resonate more than ever.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s inspirational speeches played a crucial role in terminating the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the United States. His activism was also critical for the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as well as the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Dr. King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and he still is one of the most inspirational and significant African-American leaders in history.
Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and civil-rights activist, who had a tremendous impact on race problems existing in the mid-1950s in the United States.
Born as Michael King Jr. on January 15, 1929, he was the middle child of Michael King Sr. and Alberta Williams King. Although the King family had initial roots in Georgia, they later moved to Atlanta in 1893, where they started to preach in a small Baptist Church.
Later, Michael King Sr. took over the ministry of his father-in-law and became himself a successful minister of his own. At that time he adopted the name Martin Luther King Sr. in honor of the German Protestant leader Martin Luther. Later, Michael Jr. follows his father’s steps and became Martin Luther King Jr.
The King children were raised in a loving and secure environment, having a more disciplinary father, while their mother was rather gentle with their education. But it was not enough to protect their growing children from racial prejudice.
Martin Luther King Sr. was against this violence against black people because as a minister he considered segregation and racism to be an affront to God’s will. Being strongly opposed to class superiority, he was able to leave a stable impression on Martin Jr.
Stay tuned for the next chapter, on how Dr. King grew up.