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Martin Luther King, Jr. entered the Christian ministry and was ordained in February 1948
at the age of nineteen at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia. Following his
ordination, he became Assistant Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church. Upon completion of
his studies at Boston University, he accepted the call of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in
Montgomery, Alabama. He was the pastor of Dexter Avenue from September 1954 to
November 1959, when he resigned to move to Atlanta to direct the activities of the
Southern Christian Leadership Conference. From 1960 until his death in 1968, he was
co-pastor with his father at Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Dr. King was a pivotal figure in the Civil Rights Movement. He was elected President of
the Montgomery Improvement Association, the organization that was responsible for the
successful Montgomery Bus Boycott from 1955 to 1956 (381 days). He was arrested
thirty times for his participation in civil rights activities. He was a founder and president of
the Southern Christian Leadership Conference from 1957 to 1968. He was also Vice
President of the National Sunday School and Baptist Teaching Union Congress of the
National Baptist Convention. He was a member of several national and local boards of
directors and served on the boards of trustees of numerous institutions and agencies. Dr.
King was elected to membership in several learned societies including the prestigious
American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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