Riots broke out in over one hundred American cities.King was almost immediately sanctified by the white-controlled media, which, however, in its coverage of his accomplishments, also neglected the radicalism of his final three years.Gandhi was not interested in defeating the British, but in redeeming them through love.
Meanwhile the SCLC, under King, was repeating the tactics of Birmingham in Selma, Alabama, this time for the sake of African American voter registration.
Once again, images of the police brutality directed at the protest enabled the passage of federal legislation, this time the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The episodes immediately following met with less success, but nonetheless provided King with the opportunity to refine his protest strategies.
Then, in 1963, King and the SCLC joined a campaign in Birmingham, Alabama, to end segregation there and to force downtown businesses to employ blacks.
After lengthy theological training in the North, King returned to his home region, becoming pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.
As a promising newcomer free from the morass of inter-church politics, King became the leader of the Montgomery Bus Boycott when it broke out in 1955.
King gained worldwide recognition for his philosophy of nonviolent social change.
In 1964 he became the youngest person to have received the Nobel Peace Prize.
During his undergraduate studies he was ordained into the Christian ministry. in 1955 from the Boston University School of Theology.
After graduating, King continued his education at Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania, finishing at the top of his class. While he was minister at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, had their first child two weeks before Rosa Parks made her fateful decision not to relinquish her seat on a Montgomery city bus to a white man.