Martin Luther King Jr.

Major Ideas and Influences on Education

Life and Times of Dr. King

  • Born January 15, 1929-Died April 4, 1968
  • Attended Booker T. Washington High School--left at 15 (skipped Freshman and Senior year)
  • In 1948 graduated from Morehouse College--B.A. Sociology
  • 1951--Bachelor of Divinity Degree--Crozer Seminary
  • at 25, became pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist in Montgomery, AL
  • 1955, awarded Doctor of philosophy from Boston U.
  • 1964--youngest recipient of Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1968--Assassinated in Memphis, TN

Thoughts on Education

  1. "Intelligence plus character--that is the goal of true education"
  2. "Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction."
  3. Studied the principles of Gandhi, Jesus, and Thoreau to develop his philosophy on non-violent social justice changes
  4. "Through education we seek to break down the spiritual barriers to integration"


Cook, A. E. (1990). Beyond critical legal studies: The reconstructive theology of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Harvard Law Review, 103 (5), 985-1044.
King, M.L., Jr. & Clayborne, C. (2010). Strive toward freedom: The montgomery story. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.
King, M.L. Jr. (1967). Where do we go from here: Chaos or community? New York, NY: Harper & Row