I was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. I was the second of three children and was raised in a loving and supportive family. My father, Martin Luther King, Sr., was a Baptist minister and my mother, Alberta Williams King, was a schoolteacher.
I was deeply influenced by the Christian faith, which my parents instilled in me from a young age. I felt called to the ministry and, after completing my undergraduate studies at Morehouse College, I attended Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. It was there that I deepened my understanding of the social gospel and the role that religion could play in addressing the issues of racial inequality and injustice in America.
After completing my studies at Crozer, I attended Boston University, where I earned my Ph.D. in systematic theology. During this time, I met and fell in love with Coretta Scott, who would later become my wife and partner in the civil rights movement.
In December 1955, I was called to lead the Montgomery Improvement Association in the bus boycott following the arrest of Rosa Parks. This boycott, which lasted for over a year, was a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement and helped to galvanize the African American community in the struggle for equality.
I also played a leading role in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), an organization that I helped to co-found in 1957. Through the SCLC, I worked to coordinate the efforts of local civil rights groups and to provide a national voice for the movement.
Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, I led a number of peaceful protests and boycotts, including the Birmingham campaign and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. On August 28, 1963, I delivered my famous "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, in which I called for an end to racism and for the realization of a true democracy in America.
In 1964, I was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for my work in the civil rights movement. However, my struggle for justice and equality was not yet over. I continued to speak out against the Vietnam War, poverty, and other issues of social injustice until my assassination on April 4, 1968.
My legacy continues to inspire people of all races and backgrounds to strive for a just and equal society. Through nonviolence and civil disobedience, I helped to bring about significant changes in America and around the world. I believe that through love and understanding, we can overcome any obstacle and create a better world for all.