I decided early to give my life to something eternal and absolute. Not these little gods that are here today and gone tomorrow, but to God who is the same yesterday, today and forever.
— Martin Luther King
Martin Luther King, Junior was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. He excelled in school skipping both ninth and 12th grades. At the age of 15 Martin entered Morehouse College. At 19 he was ordained and graduated with a BA in Sociology. In 1955 at the age of 26 he received his PhD in Systematic Theology. In 1963 at the age of 34 he was named “Man of the Year” by Time Magazine. In 1964 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. On April 4, 1968 at the age of 39, as Dr. King stood on the balcony the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, he was shot and killed by James Earl Ray.