Where was he from?
Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta Georgia. He was the middle child of Micheal King Sr. and Alberta Williams King. His family was rooted in Georgia. His grandfather was a minister and moved to Atlanta in 1893.
How was he raised?
The family grew up in a very supportive and loving home. He had an older sister by the name of Willie Christine, and a younger brother named Alfred Daniel Williams King. Martin Sr. was more the disciplinarian, while his wife was more gentle. He entered a public school at the age of 5. By 1936, he was baptized, and 1942, when he was 12, his grandmother died of a heart attack. He was traumatized when it happened only because he was watching a parade against his parents orders when she dies. King's father took over his father-in-law's church, Ebenezer Baptist Church, in 1931. His father was very successful and adopted the name Martin Luther King Sr after the German leader Martin Luther. Later, His son would then use the same name Martin Luther King Jr. He too was very successful in the ministry business.
What shaped him into the leader that he became?
He attended Booker T. Washington High School, and skipped both 9th and 11th grade. He was very popular, especially with the girls. In 1944, he entered Morehouse College in Atlanta at the age if 15. Even though his family was very active in church and worship, Martin often questioned religion in general and felt uncomfortable with emotional displays of religious worship. When he was a junior, he took a Bible class and renewed his faith. He began to envision the career of ministry. In the fall of his senior year, he told his father about his decision.
"Martin Luther King Jr." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 17 May 2016.