Martin Luther King Jr. was born Jan. 15, 1929 in Atlanta, GA. His father and
grandfather were both active in the Baptist ministry. King earned his own Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1951 and his Doctor of Philosophy from Boston University in 1955. While in Boston, he met and married Coretta Scott in 1953. She was a fellowship student at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. They had four children.
In a period of soul-searching during his college studies, Dr. King had, in his own words, “despaired of the power of love in solving social problems.” It was during this period of self-reflection that he was introduced to the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in a sermon by Mordecai Johnson, President of Howard University.