On the 23rd of October 1957, in Montgomery, Alabama, Martin Luther King III was born. The first-born son of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, a public speaker, and civil rights activist.
Throughout his career, he has fought tirelessly to honor his father’s memory and advance the issues he believed in.
Michael Luther King was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1929. Because of the German Christian leader Martin Luther, his father, Michael, had their names officially altered when Michael was six years old.
Martin was up with a strong sense of kinship to his ancestors’ tough and terrible history because he was the son of a sharecropper and a Baptist minister. As a result, he became one of the world’s most influential social reformers and an unmatched American civil rights leader because of this tremendous sense of kinship.
As a child, Martin was inspired by his father, a deacon in the Baptist church, to pursue a career in ministry. In 1947, he has ordained a preacher after graduating from Morehouse College and completing additional studies at Crozer Theological Seminary and Boston University.
Soon after his marriage to Coretta Scott in 1953, he was appointed pastor of Montgomery, Alabama’s Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, where he would remain for the remainder of his life. The king was acutely aware of the condition of his subjects.
Discrimination against African-Americans was practiced not only privately but also on a widespread and institutionalized basis, in direct violation of the U.S. Constitution. The majority of black-related issues were mostly ignored by the US government as a whole.
No state or federal attention was placed on ensuring equitable educational opportunities for minorities; many blacks were unemployed and living in inadequate housing; Some, particularly among the black youth, were encouraged by these reasons to get involved in criminal activity and substance misuse.
During his time at Crozer Theological Seminary, King had his first love involvement with the white daughter of a German immigrant. When his friends warned him about the perils of being married to someone of a different race, he shelved his engagement plans.
During his time at Boston University, King was introduced to fellow student Coretta Scott by a mutual acquaintance. Martin and Yolanda married in 1953 and had four children: Martin III, Dexter, Bernice, and Yolanda.
In the United States and around the world, the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. is undeniable. Many memorials have been erected in his honor, and lessons about his life and career are commonplace in classrooms everywhere.
King was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2003, both of which were given to him posthumously. The third Monday in January is designated as Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States.
Martin Luther King Quotes:
1. “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
2. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
3. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude.”
4. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
5. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
6. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
7. “Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.”