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The Life and Legacy of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. And his Connection to Rochester, NY. Colgate Divinity School Martin   Luther   King,   Jr.    goes   down   in   history   as   one   of   the   principal leaders    of    the    Civil    Rights    Movement     in    the    United    States    and    a prominent    advocate    of    Nonviolent    Protest .    King's    challenges    to segregation    and    racial    discrimination    helped    convince    many    white Americans   to   support   the   cause   of   Civil   Rights   in   the   United   States.     King   was   born   in   Atlanta,   Georgia,   and   ordained   as   a   Baptist   Minister at   age   18 .   He   graduated   from   Morehouse   College   in   1948    and   from Crozer   Theological   Seminary   in   1951    now   Colgate   Rochester   Crozer Divinity   School   in   Rochester,   New   York.      In   1955 ,   he   earned   a   doctoral degree    in    systematic    theology    from    Boston    University.        While    in Boston, King met Coretta Scott and they married in 1953 . In   1954 ,   King   accepted   his   first   pastorate   at   the   Dexter Avenue   Baptist Church   in   Montgomery, Alabama.      Montgomery's   black   community   had long-standing    grievances    about    the    mistreatment    of    blacks    on    city buses.    Heading    the    year-long    bus-boycott    against    segregation    in buses,   King   soon   became   a   national   figure.      In   1957 ,   King   helped found    the    Southern    Christian    Leadership    Conference    ( SCLC ),    an organization   of   black   churches   and   ministers   that   aimed   to   challenge racial   segregation.      King   and   other   SCLC   leaders   encouraged   the   use of   Nonviolent   marches,   demonstrations,   boycotts   and   other   Nonviolent activities to protest discrimination. King     and     other     black     leaders     organized     the     1963     March     on Washington,    a   massive   protest   in   United   States   history   for   jobs   and civil   rights.      King   delivered   his   famous   "I   Have   a   Dream"   speech   to   an audience   of   more   than   200,000   Civil   Rights   supporters.      The   speech and   the   march   created   the   political   momentum   that   resulted   in   the   Civil Rights     Act     of     1964 ,     which     prohibited     segregation     in     public accommodations    and    discrimination    in    education    and    employment.          As   a   result   of   King's   effective   leadership,   he   was   awarded   the   1964 Nobel Peace Prize for peace. Throughout   1966   and   1967 ,    King   increasingly   turned   the   focus   of   his activism    to    the    redistribution    of    the    nation's    Economic    Wealth    to overcome   entrenched   Black   Poverty.   In   the   spring   of   1968 ,   he   went   to Memphis,   Tennessee,   to   support   striking   black   garbage   workers   and     was assassinated there on April 4, 1968 .
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We   Shall   Overcome Jan. 15, 1929 - Apr. 4, 1968 Mt. Olivet Baptist Church Mt. Olivet Baptist Church
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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Life and Legacy of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. And his Connection to Rochester, NY. Colgate Divinity School Martin   Luther   King,   Jr.    goes   down   in   history   as   one   of   the   principal leaders    of    the    Civil    Rights    Movement     in    the    United    States    and    a prominent    advocate    of    Nonviolent    Protest .    King's    challenges    to segregation    and    racial    discrimination    helped    convince    many    white Americans   to   support   the   cause   of   Civil   Rights   in   the   United   States.     King   was   born   in   Atlanta,   Georgia,   and   ordained   as   a   Baptist   Minister at   age   18 .   He   graduated   from   Morehouse   College   in   1948    and   from Crozer   Theological   Seminary   in   1951    now   Colgate   Rochester   Crozer Divinity   School   in   Rochester,   New   York.      In   1955 ,   he   earned   a   doctoral degree    in    systematic    theology    from    Boston    University.        While    in Boston, King met Coretta Scott and they married in 1953 . In   1954 ,   King   accepted   his   first   pastorate   at   the   Dexter Avenue   Baptist Church   in   Montgomery, Alabama.      Montgomery's   black   community   had long-standing    grievances    about    the    mistreatment    of    blacks    on    city buses.    Heading    the    year-long    bus-boycott    against    segregation    in buses,   King   soon   became   a   national   figure.      In   1957 ,   King   helped found    the    Southern    Christian    Leadership    Conference    ( SCLC ),    an organization   of   black   churches   and   ministers   that   aimed   to   challenge racial   segregation.      King   and   other   SCLC   leaders   encouraged   the   use of   Nonviolent   marches,   demonstrations,   boycotts   and   other   Nonviolent activities to protest discrimination. King     and     other     black     leaders     organized     the     1963     March     on Washington,    a   massive   protest   in   United   States   history   for   jobs   and civil   rights.      King   delivered   his   famous   "I   Have   a   Dream"   speech   to   an audience   of   more   than   200,000   Civil   Rights   supporters.      The   speech and   the   march   created   the   political   momentum   that   resulted   in   the   Civil Rights     Act     of     1964 ,     which     prohibited     segregation     in     public accommodations    and    discrimination    in    education    and    employment.          As   a   result   of   King's   effective   leadership,   he   was   awarded   the   1964 Nobel Peace Prize for peace. Throughout   1966   and   1967 ,    King   increasingly   turned   the   focus   of   his activism    to    the    redistribution    of    the    nation's    Economic    Wealth    to overcome   entrenched   Black   Poverty.   In   the   spring   of   1968 ,   he   went   to Memphis,   Tennessee,   to   support   striking   black   garbage   workers   and     was assassinated there on April 4, 1968 .
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