For the last day of Black History month, AFGE’s WFP History blog is proud to honor one of the most influential blacks of all time, Martin Luther King, Jr.
Born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, GA. Martin Luther King Jr. lead a very promising childhood. After skipping two grades, he left high school at the age of 15 to attend Morehouse College. He graduated Morehouse in 1948 with a BA in sociology. From there he went on the attend the Crozer Theological Seminary where he obtained his Bachelors of Divinity in 1951. He would ultimately continue his education at Boston University, receiving a PhD in Systematic Theology.
Following in the footsteps of his father, Dr. King became a Baptist minister. He used this position to rally his congregation and begin work towards the Civil Rights Movement. Using the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi as a mode, he led peaceful protests and became a leader in the local community. With the events of Rosa Parks’ bus protest, the Civil Rights movement instantly kicked into high gear and Dr. Kings prominence rose significantly.
With the help of his congregation and the backing of the SCLC, Dr. King became the leader of this soon to be monumental movement. Over the course of the movement, many events had taken place, but none more memorable than the 1963 March on Washington. An estimated 200,000 people attended the march on the National Mall in Washington, DC where Dr. King made his now iconic “I Have A Dream” speech.
Dr. King was assassinated in 1968. Since then, a federal holiday has been named in his honor, and a memorial in Washington, DC is currently being constructed.
Dr.King is by far one of the most crucial persons in the grand scheme of black liberation. We here at AFGE commend him for all his amazing work.