"Martin Luther King", "MLK", "Reverend King", and "Luther King" redirect here.For the Nigerian preacher, see Reverend King (Nigerian pastor).In 1968, King was planning a national occupation of Washington, D. Ray was sentenced to 99 years in prison for King's murder, and died in 1998 from hepatitis while serving his sentence. refusing to listen to a traffic policeman after being referred to as "boy," or stalking out of a store with his son when being told by a shoe clerk that they would have to "move to the rear" of the store to be served.

King once reproved another student for keeping beer in his room, saying they had shared responsibility as African Americans to bear "the burdens of the Negro race." For a time, he was interested in Walter Rauschenbusch's "social gospel." In his third year at Morehouse, King became romantically involved with the white daughter of an immigrant German woman who worked as a cook in the cafeteria.

The daughter had been involved with a professor prior to her relationship with King.

At that time, many students had abandoned further studies to enlist in World War II.

Due to this, Morehouse was eager to fill its classrooms.

The group was created to harness the moral authority and organizing power of black churches to conduct nonviolent protests in the service of civil rights reform. Vivian, Andrew Young, The Freedom Singers, Charles Evers, Cleveland Robinson, Randolph Blackwell, Annie Bell Robinson Devine, Charles Kenzie Steele, Alfred Daniel Williams King, Benjamin Hooks, Aaron Henry and Bayard Rustin.

One of the group's inspirations was the crusades of evangelist Billy Graham, who befriended King after he attended a Graham crusade in New York City in 1957. King narrowly escaped death when Izola Curry, a mentally ill black woman who believed he was conspiring against her with communists, stabbed him in the chest with a letter opener.

At the age of 15, King passed the exam and entered Morehouse.

The summer before his last year at Morehouse, in 1947, the 18-year-old King chose to enter the ministry.

During his junior year, he won first prize in an oratorical contest sponsored by the Negro Elks Club in Dublin, Georgia.

Returning home to Atlanta by bus, he and his teacher were ordered by the driver to stand so that white passengers could sit down.

For the Portuguese footballer known as Luther King, see Martin Simões.