Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954 - 1963 Characters & Character Analysis

Taylor Branch
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Martin Luther King Jr. was born Michael Luther King Jr. in January of 1929, the son of Michael and Alberta King. King's grandfather and father were both pastors. Williams, King's grandfather, made a name for himself as the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. At the time of his death, King's father took over the church and saved it from bankruptcy in less than a year. It was in this atmosphere that King grew up, exposing him to the power of a preacher's sermons. King was a born orator, but chose to turn his back on the family business when he entered college at the tender age of fifteen in an act of rebellion against his overbearing father.

King was highly intelligent, entering college at an early age thanks to an experimental school he attended that pushed his academic achievements higher than the...

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