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Martin Luther King, Jr. Zach Harms HIST 1302 - 01 Professor Johnson 11 / 2 / 07
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Harms Zach Harms Professor Johnson HIST 1302 - 01 11 / 2 / 07 Martin Luther King, Jr. On a cold winter’s day, on the fifteenth of January in the year 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. is born in Atlanta, Georgia. His parents were of high character and raised him in a Christian home. “King’s parents not only valued education but had the financial means to insure that their children could receive the best education possible. As a result, King was able to acquire a quality education and had the necessary books and leisure time to develop his intellectual powers and oratorical skills.” (Albert 1990, 49) Growing up privileged helped develop in King an appreciation for those without many material possessions. He knew he wanted to help people, but he wasn’t sure how God wanted to use him. King’s grandfather and father were both ministers but King considered the ministry to be too unintellectual at first, when trying to face contemporary problems. Despite his hesitation, God called him to become a preacher, a naturally talented and the most influential preacher of his time. “King knew by instinct the code that unlocked the powerful emotions of black worshippers.” (Lewis 1970, 4) He used the Holy Word to encourage the beaten down Black Americans to have hope for a better tomorrow through Jesus. 2
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Harms In his earlier years, Martin was blessed to find a wonderful match to be by his side during his tumultuous life. When asked his plans by his father, King replied, “I’m going on to get my doctorate, and then I’m going to marry Coretta.” (King 1969, 69) His father grew to love Coretta and had much appreciation for her in his son’s life. “I don’t believe there was any girl who could have fitted into Martin’s life as Coretta did. No other could have gone through what she did with him and afterward. She has been a source of strength to me – to the whole family.” (King 1969, 69) In the end, King had four children with Coretta, but died before seeing any of them have families of their own or even go to college. Education was of high priority to King, using his vast knowledge to counter the provincial system America had established for the Blacks in the South. “Until he was fifteen, he had never had more than three months of schooling in any year,” (Lewis 1970, 6) and yet he was already stacking up remarkable achievements in the field of education by his teenage years. There is no doubt God was preparing King for great things, building up his wisdom much like
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