No one has communicated the idea of the American dream with greater moral and oratorical power, with greater political and religious imagination, than Martin Luther King, Jr.
He became the symbol not only of the civil rights movement but of America itself; a symbol of a land of freedom where people of all races, creeds, and nationalities could live together as a “beloved community.”
With so many references to Martin’s dream, not only is it easy to distort what he meant but also to trivialize it as well. Yes, Martin Luther King Jr. made history, but he was also made by history.
To understand the history Martin Luther King Jr. made, it is necessary to know something about the circumstances that made him.
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Although King had been successful in the white world of academia, he felt that he had to return and pay his debt to the Negro community that nurtured his social, educational, and religious development.
Among all the possibilities that King had, he chose to become the pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, with about three hundred members, in the city of Montgomery, Alabama.
He was determined not to become a preacher who “whooped and hollered,” playing on the emotions of the people, without saying anything. Since most of Dexter’s members were college graduates, many of them professors and administrators at Alabama State College in the city, King could use the education training that he had acquired in the North in his sermons.