Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Man, the Pastor & His Call to Activism (Videos)

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on this day in 1929. Meet some of his contemporaries who knew the man before his rise to civil rights icon.

Martin Luther King, Jr. – Pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church

Before he became one of the most respected civil rights leaders in American history, Martin Luther King Jr. honed his orating skills as pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church (now Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church) from 1954 to 1960. In the short video below, take a look inside his church and meet two people who knew him from his days as pastor there.

Call to Activism

On the night of January 27, 1956, when he was just 27 years old, Martin Luther King Jr. received a threatening phone call that would change his life forever. Get a glimpse inside Dr. King’s family home, and hear about a pivotal moment he experienced there that would lead him to face his fears and stand up for justice.

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