King was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 15, 1929. He graduated from Morehouse College in 1948 and Crozer Theological Seminary in 1951. He then earned a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Boston University in 1955. After his ordination as a Baptist minister, King served as pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.
An Icon of Civil Rights Summary
Martin Luther King (Junior) is one of the most influential and inspiring Afro-American leader. His Nobel Prize acceptance speech is noted for its excellent content and effective expression. He accepts the Nobel Prize on behalf of the Civil Rights Movement in America. He remembers the suffering of blacks in the USA. He praises the Indians for showing the path of non-violence. He believes in the power of truth and love. He is hopeful of bright future for humanity. He has faith in man’s ability to lay a super highway of justice on which all people will cooperatively go ahead and create a world where every body gets food, mind finds education and spirit receives dignity, equality and brotherhood. He says faith gives us courage and confidence to complete the mission of establishing universal brotherhood that has roots in love, truth and peace.
We honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy by recommitting ourselves to the fight for justice and equality for all. We remember his words: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” We know that we will eventually achieve a more just and equitable world, but only if we continue to fight for it.