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Martin Luther King Jr.

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Martin Luther King Jr, was born on January 15, 1929. His parents were Martin Luther King, Sr. and Alberta Williams King. His mother was a teacher taught Martin how to read at a young age. His father was a preacher and had a significant impact on his life. Martin Luther had two siblings he was the middle child of Michael King Sr. and Alberta Williams King. His grandfather and then his father bother served as the pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Martin became both a Baptist minister, civil rights activist, and had a significant impact on race relations in the United States (The Autobiography). Growing up in Atlanta, King attended Booker T. Washington High School. He skipped both the ninth and the twelfth grades and entered Morehouse College where he studied medicine and law. Martin never formally graduated from high school. Martin was a very popular and precocious student. His family was involved in the church, but at the time, Martin questioned religion in general and felt uncomfortable with overly emotional displays of religious worship. He changed his mind with the help of mentor Morehouse president, Dr. Benjamin Mays. During his junior year of college he took a bible class, converted his faith and started his career in ministry. In the fall of his senior year, he told his father of his decision. In 1948 King graduated with a sociology degree. He then entered Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania, where he earned his Bachelor of Divinity Degree. He was a very smart student; he was elected student body president, and graduated as valedictorian in 1951. King then enrolled in a graduate program at Boston University, completed his course work in 1953, and earned a doc... ... middle of paper ... ... say Christians broke laws that they felt were unjust laws. People today look at Christian’s movement as a just law. So why can’t Martin Luther movement be a just law and people look at him as good. Thus, it makes him credible when he uses religious examples pertaining to his cause. King also appeals to the audience. His primary purpose is to criticize clergymen. Clergymen criticize Wroblewski 6 the way King handles himself throughout his movement. Clergymen don’t understand why King can break just laws. King response is he just breaks unjust laws. Also responses by saying "Isn't this like condemning Jesus because his unique God-consciousness and never-ceasing devotion to God's will precipitated the evil act of crucifixion" (180). He provides religious evidence to support his cause hoping clergymen will understand his movement towards civil rights.
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