PERSONALISM

Martin Luter King, Jr.

Martin Luter King Junior

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968), a Black American Personalist, the preeminent leader of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, the Nobel Peace Prize Winner (1964).

King, Jr. was born at 501 Auburn Avenue in Atlanta, GA on January 15, 1929. On February 25, 1948 he was ordained at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Bachelor of Arts degree (1948) he received in sociology from Morehouse College. Bachelor of Divinity degree (1951) King received from Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, PN. On September 13, 1951 King has entered Boston University’s School of Theology and earned his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from BU on June 5, 1955.

On April 4, 1968 Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated at Lorraine Motel, Memphis, TN.

His major books are: Stride Toward Freedom (New York 1958); Why We Can’t Wait (New York 1964); Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? (New York 1967).

”I have a dream.”

The next stage of my intellectual pilgrimage to nonviolence came during my doctoral studies at Boston University. Here I had the opportunity to talk to many exponents of nonviolence, both students and visitors at the campus. Boston University School of Theology, under the influence of Dean Walter Muelder and Professor Allen Knight Chalmers, had a deep sympathy for the pacifist position. Both Dean Muelder and Dr. Chalmers had a passion for social justice. One never got the impression that this passion stemmed from a superficial optimism concerning human nature, but from a deep faith in the possibilities of human beings when they allowed themselves to become co-workers with God.

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