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Laying the Groundwork for Nonviolent Change

Indeed, Martin Luther King was born Michael King in 1929, it was as a teenager he chose to change his name to Martin Luther King Jr, after his father the preacher.

Both Martin Luther and Martin Luther King Jr went to university and gained doctorates in Theology.

Martin Luther became an Augustinian monk and lecturer at the University of Wittenberg. Martin Luther King became a pastor at his father’s church in Alabama. They both started to write, committing their thoughts and beliefs to paper.

Martin Luther King, Sr.

Martin Luther King, Sr.

A single issue for each of them was to spark their lifelong battles for reform. For Martin Luther, the Catholic monk, it was his parishioners buying indulgences, purchasing their salvation to fill Rome’s coffers.

For Martin Luther King, it was a black woman being arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. Like Luther, he saw his parishioners struggling in the face of a corrupt and autocratic system.
Both spent the rest of their lives fighting for justice and equality in the eyes of God and their fellow man.
Martin Luther and Martin Luther King were both fathers and husbands who deeply loved their families despite their many other commitments.

Both lived controversial lives, suffered incarceration and death threats. Both died before they should have.
Both struggled with the laws and doctrines of their time, Luther King worked to eradicate segregation in America, Luther nearly brought down the Roman Catholic Church.

Martin Luther and Martin Luther King left the world a better place; both also left large tracts of their thoughts and beliefs through the written and spoken word.

Martin Luther was a modern thinker many say bridging the gap between medieval times and the Renaissance. His writings are timeless and still resonate today.

Martin Luther King Jr was renowned for his simple and powerful oratory. His sentiments echoed the desire of so many and have become near universal beliefs.

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