teachings of gandhi

January 15, 2016

Today In History

‘Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Baptist minister and civil rights activist, was born in Atlanta, GA, on this date January 15, 1929. Dr. King led the first mass civil rights movement in the United States. He was an iconic figure in the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world, using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.’

(photo: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)

- CARTER Magazine

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Martin Luther King Jr. was an inspiration and a key figure in civil rights advancement in the United States and around the world as well. He was born Michael King and his name remained as that until a few years later when his father, also Michael King, changed his own name to Martin Luther King Sr. to honor a great protestant reformer. His son’s name was also changed to Martin Luther King Jr. M.L.K. Jr. was admitted to Morehouse College at the age of 15 and graduated at the age of 19. He received his Doctorate of Philosophy in Systematic Theology at the age of 26 at Boston University. In addition to being an American pastor, he was a humanitarian, activist and a prominent leader. Following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, he consistently used nonviolent methods in his lifetime. He married Coretta Scott on June 18, 1953 and settled in Montgomery, Alabama.

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