Martin Luther King Jr.

TRANSCENDENCE
In a Catalytic Year, at the Age of 26, Martin Luther King Jr.
Accepted a Key Leadership Role, and Came to Embrace Nonviolence,
for the First Time

By Clayborne Carson
Photoillustrations by Luca Trovato



WHEN MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. accepted the call to Montgomery’s Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in 1954, he could hardly have expected that he would soon become a protest leader. The Dexter pastorate had attracted him because of his desire to “do something about the problems” of his native South, but King saw himself as a politically concerned preacher rather than as a civil rights activist. He had

King 
at the Washington Monument

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