It is a testament to the greatness of Martin Luther King Jr. that nearly every major city in the U.S. has a street or school named after him. It is a measure of how sorely his achievements are misunderstood that most of them are located in black neighborhoods.
a cool time with his wife Coretta and daughter.
Rev king never misses his opportunity to be in his role as the table head for meals.
Dr king the table head
And when his children came and the movement`s activities were at its apogee Dr king will always schedule time to have meals with his and children. He really taught us good family values as a leader as the photo below clearly shows.
King and Coretta sit at their dining room table with their
daughters Yolanda and Bernice. They also had two sons,
Martin Luther King III and Dexter
Rev king as a family man was also there when his kids needed him. Even though King treasured the time with his family, his busy schedule frequently kept him away from home, leaving Coretta in charge of raising the children.
Dr King with his children at their backyard playground.
During the boycott, King emerged as a powerful and inspirational leader. As news of the boycott spread, donations supporting those involved poured in and King's words were heard by millions. Eventually, after 12 months, a federal court ruled that laws requiring segregated buses were unconstitutional and, on Dec. 20, 1956, King and other civil rights leaders assumed seats on the first integrated bus in Montgomery's history.
When he was home, King (the iconic civil right leader) spent his days composing sermons and speeches. This photograph below was taken by James Karales, one of only a few photographers whom King permitted to photograph him at home.
Light in the Kitchen (REV DR MARTIN LUTHER KING
IN THE HOUSE WITH HIS WIFE CORETTA AND TWO KIDS)
Rev king just like every Black father of his time had difficulty explaining certain racial issues to their children on why they cannot do do certain things.King said in an interview that this photograph below was taken as he tried to explain to his daughter Yolanda why she could not go to Funtown, a whites-only amusement park in Atlanta. King claims to have been tongue-tied when speaking to her. "One of the most painful experiences I have ever faced was to see her tears when I told her Funtown was closed to colored children, for I realized the first dark cloud of inferiority had floated into her little mental sky."
Conversation (REV DR MARTIN LUTHER KING
AND HER DAUGHTER, YOLANDA)
Moreover, King was a man of extraordinary physical courage whose belief in nonviolence never swerved. From the time he assumed leadership of the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott in 1955 to his murder 13 years later, he faced hundreds of death threats. His home in Montgomery was bombed, with his wife and young children inside. He was hounded by J. Edgar Hoover's FBI, which bugged his telephone and hotel rooms, circulated salacious gossip about him and even tried to force him into committing suicide after he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. As King told the story, the defining moment of his life came during the early days of the bus boycott. A threatening telephone call at midnight alarmed him: "Nigger, we are tired of you and your mess now. And if you aren't out of this town in three days, we're going to blow your brains out and blow up your house." Shaken, King went to the kitchen to pray. "I could hear an inner voice saying to me, 'Martin Luther, stand up for righteousness. Stand up for justice. Stand up for truth. And lo I will be with you, even until the end of the world.'"