1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama
Largely because of Plessy v. Ferguson, racial segregation dominated the South from the 1890's until the 1950's.
1935 – 1944 Dr. King attended David T. Howard Elementary School, Atlanta University Laboratory School, and Booker T. Washington High School. He passed the entrance examination to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia at age 15. As a young boy, Martin saw inequality, injustice and racial tension in America. Martin and his sister Christine.
1948 February 25 Dr. King is ordained to the Baptist ministry and appointed associate pastor at Ebenezer. June 8 Dr. King graduates from Morehouse College with a BA degree in Sociology. September Dr. King enters Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania. After hearing Dr. A. J. Muste and Dr. Mordecai W. Johnson preach on the life and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, he begins to study Gandhi seriously and follow his teaching of civil disobedience.
I Have A Dream Today Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment. Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others? -- Martin L. King
"Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. It is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. The old law of an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding; it seeks to annihilate rather than to convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends by defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers." Martin Luther King, Jr. "I think there are plenty of good people in America, but there are also plenty of bad people in America and the bad ones are the ones who seem to have all the power and be in these positions to block things that you and I need. Because this is the situation, you and I have to preserve the right to do what is necessary to bring an end to that situation, and it doesn't mean that I advocate violence, but at the same time I am not against using violence in self-defense. I don't even call it violence when it's self-defense, I call it intelligence." Malcolm X
Black Panthers Demonstrate on the winners podium of the Olympic games. The message Was Black Power Through Violence from the teaching of Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam This was against Dr. King’s message of Peaceful Nonviolent Protest through Disob edience
The Nobel Prize for Peace TIME Magazine Man of the Year