Hanging from the Stars
AT FIRST, Martin Luther King, Jr., was reluctant to be thrust into the position of president of the Montgomery Improvement Association—a position that entailed leading a massive boycott that would rock the Cradle of the Confederacy. He was a young husband, a new father, and a busy minister at his first church.
As a precocious youngster raised in the comforting arms of Atlanta's middle-class Ebenezer Baptist Church, where his father ruled the pulpit during the days of the Great Depression, young M.L. (as he was called as a boy) was known as the brilliant child with a beautiful voice who, on occasion, would rear back and sing a hymn. He grew up listening to his maternal grandmother tell stories from the Bible, and to his Daddy sharing recollections of the rough old days of growing up on a sharecropper's farm in rural central Georgia. King recalled later that his newfound friend and benefactor in Montgomery, E. D. Nixon, reminded him of his father's rough-hewn country ways, although both of the older men had reached maturity in an urban South they wished to change.