Clergyman; civil rights leader. Born– Jan. 15, 1929, Atlanta, Ga. Parents– Martin Luther and Alberta (Williams) King. Married– Coretta Scott, June 18, 1953. Children– Four. Education– Morehouse College, A.B., 1948; Crozer Theological Seminary, B.D., 1951; Boston University, Ph.D., 1955; additional study at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University. Ordained a Baptist minister, 1948; Pastor, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Montgomery, Ala., 1950-60; co-pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, 1960-68.  Vice-President, National Sunday School and Baptist Training Conference, National Baptist Convention.  Led the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s; President, Montgomery Improvement Association;  Founder and president (1957-68), Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  J. Louis Crozer fellowship at Crozer Theological Seminary. Spingarn Medal, NAACP, 1957; Time Man of the Year, 1963.  awarded the L.H.D. by Morehouse College, Howard University, Morgan State College and Central State College; awarded an honorary D.D. by Boston University and by Chicago Theological Seminary; Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1977.  Nobel Peace Prize, 1964. Died Apr. 4, 1968.


Who Was Who in America online; Contemporary Authors online


Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Warner Books, 1998.

I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.  HarperSanFrancisco, 1994.

Letter from Birmingham City Jail.  American Friends Service Committee, 1963.

Measure of a Man.  Christian Education Press, 1959; memorial edition, Pilgrim Press, 1968.

Pilgrimage to Nonviolence.  Fellowship of Reconciliation, 1960.

Strength to Love. New York; Harper, 1964.

Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? Harper, 1967.

Why We Can’t Wait.  Harper, 1964.

Stride Toward Freedom; the Montgomery Story. New York; Harper, 1958.

Where Do We Go From Here; Chaos or Community? New York; Harper, 1967.

Why We Can’t Wait. New York; Harper, 1964.


The papers of Martin Luther King Jr. are held by the King Center in Atlanta.