Martin Luther King Jr

The Dream

The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Junior was born in 1929 to a middle class family of black Americans. He skipped two grades in high school, never formally graduated and entered college anyway. At the age of 19 he got his degree from Moorhouse. He went on to the Crozer Theological seminary and got his Bachelors of Divinity by 1951.

By 1954 he was married to Coretta Scott and serving at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery Alabama. In addition to his pastoral duties, he continued his education, getting a Ph.D from Boston University in 1955.

1955 was also the year of the Montgomery bus boycott, a 385 day contest with the state’s racially unequal laws. During that year of nonviolent resistance, King got arrested and his house was bombed. Rather than back down, it spurred him to help found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957.

In 1958 he was stabbed in the chest during a book signing in Harlem, but despite the close brush with death, he continued to organize demonstrations against unjust laws. 1961’s efforts in Albany, Georgia were, at best, a mixed success. The police swept up demonstrators in mass arrests, the government made promises and broke them as soon as MLK (and his attendant media attention) left town, and eventually the effort ran out of steam in the face of authorities who refused to get drawn in to an overreaction.

There was no such temperance in Birmingham in 1963. Boycotting racist businesses, organizing sit-ins and deliberately attempting to fill the jails beyond capacity, King recruited the young for his actions and the notorious Eugene “Bull” Connor of the Birmingham police department responded by turning fire hoses and dogs on the protesters—children included. The ongoing cruelty shocked the nation and culminated with a bomb destroying the hotel where King had been staying. The images of repression were broadcast throughout the world (particularly by the USSR) and buoyed King’s numbers for a march on Washington DC later the same year. That march on DC was the occasion of his famed “I Have a Dream” speech.

It was 1963 when Robert Kennedy directed the FBI to begin tapping King’s phones. J. Edgar Hoover considered King a grave threat to America and used information from the taps in a campaign of harassment. Hoover’s abuse culminated with anonymous threats of blackmail and the suggestion that King commit suicide. King didn’t.
His career continued with a march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965—the same year he began speaking out against the Vietnam war. The violence that met the Selma demonstrators was equalled or bested by the rage of Chicago’s citizens when King began protesting there in 1966. During one march, King got hit with a brick.

His fame and influence began to wane after Chicago, however. By 1968 he was shifting his focus from the plight of American blacks to justice for the poor of all races. The Civil Rights movement was beginning to face internal tensions when King went to support a garbage workers’ strike in Memphis. It was there that James Earl Ray shot and killed him.

Or so it seemed.

Lineage: Amanda Sykes - Lyndon Baines Johnson - J. Edgar Hoover
Power Level: Tier Four
Offspring: Riley Boetje and six others

Personality: Grave, serious and implacable in his pursuit of equality.

Values: Christianity, Social Justice

+Known Powers

  • King has the ability to go Insubstantial and Invisible and to Teleport, giving rise to his moniker.
  • He also has the ability to Control Emotion which he uses to defuse situation and to create Illusions to illustrate his visions.
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