Happy Birthday to Dr. King!
On this day in 1929, Michael King Jr. was born in Atlanta, GA. He would be later known as Martin. He came from a long line of American baptist pastors. Graduating from high school at 15, then receiving his B.A in sociology in 1948 from Morehouse College, he eventually received his Ph.D. in systematic theology from Boston University on June 5, 1955. While pursuing doctoral studies, King worked as an assistant minister at Boston's historic Twelfth Baptist Church.
In March 1955, a 15-year-old African-American schoolgirl refused to give her seat up for a white person on a segregated bus -- an action in violation of Jim Crow Laws. This was repeated, more famously, later that same year by Rosa Parks. King responded with the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which lasted for 385 days. His famous “I have a Dream” was delivered on August 28, 1963 to a quarter of a million attendees at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. chose to stand up for everyone and made a place in history for himself. With his speech still resounding across the world, let us take today to remember a great man for his words of love and the peace he spread.
Below is a video of his famous “I Have a Dream” speech: