. Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was raised in the African-American Baptist church. One of the distinguishing beliefs of the Baptists is religious liberty.It “is important to Baptists who assert that man is free under God in all matters of conscience and has the right to embrace or reject religion, to choose or change his faith, and to preach, teach, and worship publicly and privately, with due respect to the rights of others.
” The King family was very adamant about their faith and religion. As a young boy, King was displeased with the emotional aspect of religion and was unsure of interpretations from scripture being taken literally. In spite of this, he thought very highly of “black social gospel proponents,” like his father, who looked upon the church as a tool to better the lives of the black population. Martin Luther King Jr.s claim to fame began after Rosa Parks (a Montgomery civil rights activist) refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white person. Black residents started a “bus boycott” and chose King to be the president of this newly formed “Montgomery Improvement Association.
” King was well known throughout the nation because of his outstanding public speaking skills and “personal courage.” In the book The Measure Of A Man, King speaks of the story of the prodigal son taken from the Bible out of Luke chapter 15: 11-32.He says, “Jesus told a parable one day, the parable of the prodigal son. He talked about a boy who left home and went away into a far country, where he wasted his substance and even his character. Then a famine broke out, and this boy ended up in a hog pen.” “There are many insights to be gained from this parable,” King states.
“One, I think, is this: that man is not made for the far country of evil. Whenever he moves away from his Father’s house he finds himself facing a famine, and he finds himself frustrated and disillusioned.But the parable does not end there. That’s the beauty of it. We read that one day the boy came to himself and decided to rise up and go back home. We watch him as he travels up the dusty road that he had once come down. He had a little speech that he had made up: ‘I am not worthy of being called thy son.’ But he did not get a chance to make that speech, because a loving father saw him from afar and ran out to the boy with outstretched arms, saying, ‘I am happy to have you back home.
Come home, I still love you.” King is demonstrating through this quote, the love of a father will never fade. I believe he is using this example of the father and son relationship as an example of God’s love. I think if we ever walk away from God and then later realize we can’t make it without him, God Will meet us down that dusty road with open arms and welcome us home.
King expressed a great love through his words. But while he was standing on a balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968, he was shot and killed, by James Earl Ray.His death caused a great mourning all over the nation. Even before his death he announced, “We’ve got difficult days ahead.
But it really doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. I won’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life.Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will.” King was a man who spoke his mind, and heart.
He wasn’t concerned about what he wanted, he merely wanted to do God’s will, and be a stepping-stone across the river towards freedom. “And he’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the Promised Land.” “So I’m happy tonight.I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. ‘Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.
” Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of God. His purpose was to open the eyes of our nation and force people to realize that segregation and discrimination are not something our God desires. He himself said, “I’ve seen the Promised Land.I may not get there with you .. ” He knew that someday, his people would be thought of as equals in America. He also knew that the possibility of his death before it happened did exist.
Jesus Christ came to this earth to save mankind, and Martin Luther King Jr. was born to set his people free.Both men were great heroes for the human race, but Jesus and King, in my opinion, are quickly becoming lost in history.
I feel that in the schools, speaking from past experiences in history classes and other classes as well, they don’t focus enough on the great people of our history. When I was a little girl, maybe nine or ten years old, I remember going to church and sitting in Sunday school. I learned a lot of wonderful bible stories and developed a sense of faith. I believe that without faith, the sense of trust, Martin Luther King Jr.would not have been able to take such a dramatic stand for his rights as an American and a human being. Bibliography Works Cited Brown, Mitchell. “Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Biographical Sketch.
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