Remembering and honoring civil rights' icon - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Remembering and honoring civil rights' icon

ALABAMA (WSFA) - Today will be a day of full ceremonies honoring civil rights' leader Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The third Monday in January each year is observed to commemorate King's nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement.

He was born Michael Luther King, Jr. on January 15th, 1929. His name was later changed to Martin. He joined his family's long lineage of pastors at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

Martin Luther King, Jr. acquired his college achievements from Morehouse College with a B. A., Crozer Theological Seminary with his B. D., and later his doctorate from Boston University. 

In Boston he met and married Coretta Scott with whom he had two sons and two daughters.

Martin Luther King became the pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama in 1954. In 1955, King began the "first Negro nonviolent demonstration of contemporary times in the United States," the bus boycott ,with the support of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

During the 382 days bus boycott, King was arrested; his home was bombed; and he was subject to personal abuse.

Despite his trials and tribulations, King did not let hatred and prejudices deter him from his goal of seeking equality and human rights for ALL men and women.

In the eleven years between 1957 and 1968, King wrote five books, led a protest in Birmingham, Alabama that caught the attention of the world and inspired his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," directed the march on Washington, D.C. for Negroes' right to vote where he delivered his infamous speech, "I Have A Dream," received five honorary degrees, and accepted his title "Man of the Year" by Times magazine in 1963.

He was the youngest man to win a Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 35.

During a protest speech on the balcony of his hotel on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee, King was assassinated. Although his life came to an end, his teachings and dreams lived on granting African Americans their civil rights and making him one of the most notarized, symbolic figures for equality and peace in the entire world. 

He would have been 81-years-old on January 15th.

Today also recognizes Robert E. Lee's birthday. His celebration is planned for tomorrow at the First White House of the Confederacy.

Events honoring King:

Auburn Montgomery's "Day on, Not Day Off" event

Prattville First Missionary Baptist Church ceremony at 10:00 a.m.

Montgomery's Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church event begins at 12:00 p.m.

The Montgomery Improvement Association- parade and rally at 1:30 p.m. starting on Catoma Street and ending at the State Capitol.

Copyright 2010 WSFA and The Nobel Foundation. All rights reserved.

 

 

  • NewsMore>>

  • Ticket mix-up put family on ill-fated Missouri tourist boat

    Ticket mix-up put family on ill-fated Missouri tourist boat

    Saturday, July 21 2018 12:18 AM EDT2018-07-21 04:18:54 GMT
    Saturday, July 21 2018 9:37 AM EDT2018-07-21 13:37:34 GMT
    (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). People pray outside Ride the Ducks, an amphibious tour operator involved in a boating accident on Table Rock Lake, Friday, July 20, 2018 in Branson, Mo.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). People pray outside Ride the Ducks, an amphibious tour operator involved in a boating accident on Table Rock Lake, Friday, July 20, 2018 in Branson, Mo.

    More than half of the 17 people killed when a tourist boat sank on a Branson lake were members of the same Indiana family, and they likely wouldn't have been on the ill-fated trip but for a ticket mix-up.

    More >>

    More than half of the 17 people killed when a tourist boat sank on a Branson lake were members of the same Indiana family, and they likely wouldn't have been on the ill-fated trip but for a ticket mix-up.

    More >>
  • Migos' Offset arrested on felony gun charges in Georgia

    Migos' Offset arrested on felony gun charges in Georgia

    Friday, July 20 2018 10:16 PM EDT2018-07-21 02:16:05 GMT
    Saturday, July 21 2018 9:36 AM EDT2018-07-21 13:36:16 GMT
    Offset of the hip-hop group Migos is facing two felony gun charges. (Photo by Robb Cohen/Invision/AP)Offset of the hip-hop group Migos is facing two felony gun charges. (Photo by Robb Cohen/Invision/AP)

    Offset of the hip-hop group Migos is facing two felony gun charges after he and his bodyguard were pulled over outside of Atlanta.

    More >>

    Offset of the hip-hop group Migos is facing two felony gun charges after he and his bodyguard were pulled over outside of Atlanta.

    More >>
  • Putin idea for Ukraine referendum rejected by White House

    Putin idea for Ukraine referendum rejected by White House

    Saturday, July 21 2018 12:09 AM EDT2018-07-21 04:09:56 GMT
    Saturday, July 21 2018 9:22 AM EDT2018-07-21 13:22:34 GMT
    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh). President Donald Trump waves as he walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, July 20, 2018, to board Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to Bedminster N.J., for the we...(AP Photo/Susan Walsh). President Donald Trump waves as he walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, July 20, 2018, to board Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to Bedminster N.J., for the we...

    The White House says the Trump administration "is not considering supporting" a Vladimir Putin-backed call for a referendum in the eastern Ukraine.

    More >>

    The White House says the Trump administration "is not considering supporting" a Vladimir Putin-backed call for a referendum in the eastern Ukraine.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly