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After attending the World Baptist Alliance in Berlin in 1934, King Sr. speaking before crowd of 25,000 Selma To Montgomery, Alabama civil rights marchers, in front of Montgomery, Alabama state capital building. When Martin's grandfather died in 1931, Martin's father became pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, serving for 44 years.In early 1958, King's first book, "Stride Toward Freedom," was published.While signing books in Harlem, New York, King was stabbed by a mentally ill black woman.
While in Boston, King met Coretta Scott, a singer studying voice at the New England Conservatory of Music.
Coretta hesitated about dating a minister but was persuaded when King said she had all the qualities he desired in a wife. King's father performed the ceremony at Coretta's family home in Marion, Alabama. King was invited to preach in Montgomery, Alabama, at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, which had a history of civil rights activism. King captivated the congregation and became the pastor in April 1954. Nixon, former head of the local NAACP chapter, and the Rev.
When King arrived in Montgomery to join the Dexter Avenue church, Rosa Parks, secretary of the local NAACP chapter, had been arrested for refusing to relinquish her bus seat to a white man. 1, 1955, arrest presented the perfect opportunity to make a case for desegregating the transit system. Ralph Abernathy, a close friend of King, contacted King and other clergymen to plan a citywide bus boycott.
Because blacks comprised 90 percent of the passengers, most buses were empty.
When the boycott ended 381 days later, Montgomery's transit system was nearly bankrupt. 20, 1956, the Supreme Court ruled that enforcing segregation on public transit was unconstitutional.