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Feature Story
Born on January 15, 1929, to a long line of Baptist ministers,
King grew up in Atlanta at a time when Jim Crow laws made
segregation and discrimination a daily reality for blacks in the

King attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he came
to view religion as a powerful catalyst for social change. He
received his doctorate from Boston University’s School of
Theology before returning to the South, where he served as
pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery,
Alabama. Today, King’s Atlanta birthplace is registered as a
National Historic Site with the National Park Service.


King helped organize the Montgomery bus boycott, a
yearlong campaign touched off when seamstress Rosa Parks
was arrested after refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a
white passenger. After the Supreme Court overturned
Alabama’s bus segregation laws in 1956, King co-founded the
Southern Christian Leadership Conference and promoted
nonviolent action for civil rights throughout the South. He was
influenced by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and traveled
to India in 1959.

Read the complete story in our
February/March, 2019 issue