After his assassination, he was memorialized by Martin Luther King Jr. Day. He completed his Ph.D. and earned his degree in 1955. During his last year in seminary, King came under the guidance of Morehouse College President Benjamin E. Mays who influenced King’s spiritual development. One one level I an deeply ashamed that I am just reading this comprehensive, compelling, and courageous book taken from the writings and speeches of the man himself and on another level I am happy I am reading this in 2016 as the issues of racism, poverty, and war (King's self-described 3 evils) are still very much alive. I am pretty stanchly anti-organized religion because of my perceptions about folks not living their beliefs at all times (which is a really, really tall order, I realize), but this book brought me back to questions my personal opinions, prejudices, and beliefs about religion and the practice thereof. He became a member of Congress, mayor of Atlanta and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. King was jailed along with large numbers of his supporters, but the event drew nationwide attention. Both his father and grandfather were pastors in an African-American Baptist church. Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr. was a civil rights activist in the 1950s and 1960s. On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke the words: “I have a dream.” He was the son of Alberta Christine (Williams), a schoolteacher, and Martin Luther King Sr., a pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. In May 1941, King was 12 years old when his grandmother, Jennie, died of a heart attack. This book is a very good read and so easy to digest and understand. His wife, Susan Ann Carson, is managing editor of the. Five months after the historic peaceful protest, President Johnson signed the 1965 Voting Rights Act. (3) In their 2018 article on MLK for MLK day, the Washington Post got it wrong. But soon after, King was imprisoned for violating his probation on a traffic conviction. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta on 15 January 1929. King encouraged students to continue to use nonviolent methods during their protests. Flush with victory, African American civil rights leaders recognized the need for a national organization to help coordinate their efforts. In the big storm of Brexit it is a must to read about the struggles of the civil right movements in the US. Please try again. King's struggle continued throughout the 1960s. The author imagines conversations that Dr. King might have, and supports that with snippets of his writing. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Audio, Cassette, Abridged, Audiobook, Unabridged, Historical India & South Asia Biographies, Warner Books; Illustrated edition (January 1, 2001), Reviewed in the United States on March 12, 2015. In his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail, King eloquently spelled out his theory of non-violence: "Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community, which has constantly refused to negotiate, is forced to confront the issue.". The driver asked her again to give up her seat and again she refused. Check out the biography to know about his childhood, life and timeline. The famed civil rights leader was also a preacher, philosopher, and orator. Buy it if you want to read an outline of his life. After being defeated in several lower court rulings and suffering large financial losses, the city of Montgomery lifted the law mandating segregated public transportation. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. The bus driver noted that there were several white men standing and demanded that Parks and several other African Americans give up their seats. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. Something went wrong. Relevant and insightful, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. offers King's seldom disclosed views on some of the world's greatest and most controversial figures: John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Lyndon B. Johnson, Mahatma Gandhi, and Richard Nixon. King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, among several other honors.

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