Black History Culture : RARE PHOTOS OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AT HOME

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    The Kings at Home
    Born in Atlanta, Martin Luther King Jr. moved to Montgomery, Ala., with his new wife Coretta in 1955 after King accepted a position as pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. King met Coretta while he was studying for his Ph.D. at Boston University and they were married in June 1953. Yolanda, their first child, above, was born in November 1955.
     
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    Man of Letters
    During the years King and his family lived in Montgomery, they occupied the parsonage affiliated with the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Many of the sermons that King delivered from the pulpit of the church — inspiring those participating in the Montgomery bus boycott — were composed there.
     
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    Head of the Table
    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.
     
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    Atlanta
    In 1960, King and his family moved to the city of his birth, where King could work more closely with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The family rented a small house in a less-than-fashionable neighborhood and in the dining room King hung a photo of Mohandas Gandhi, whose message of nonviolent protest so greatly influenced him.
     
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    Conversation
    King said in an interview that this photograph 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."
     
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    Family Time
    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.
     
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    Backyard
    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.
     
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    Light in the Kitchen
    When he was home, King spent his days composing sermons and speeches. This photograph was taken by James Karales, one of only a few photographers whom King permitted to photograph him at home.
     
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    In Song
    Coretta, a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, reluctantly gave up a career in music when she married King.
     
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