At the age of 15, King passed the exam and entered Morehouse.
At that time, many students had abandoned further studies to enlist in World War II.
Due to this, Morehouse was eager to fill its classrooms.
With the SCLC, King led an unsuccessful 1962 struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia, and helped organize the 1963 nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama. have been renamed in his honor, and a county in Washington State was also renamed for him. He received attention for singing "I Want to Be More and More Like Jesus." King later became a member of the junior choir in his church.
King also helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. King said that his father regularly whipped him until he was fifteen; a neighbor reported hearing the elder King telling his son "he would make something of him even if he had to beat him to death." King saw his father's proud and fearless protests against segregation, such as King Sr.
Other civil rights leaders involved in the SCLC with King included: James Bevel, Allen Johnson, Curtis W. After emergency surgery by Aubre de Lambert Maynard, Emil Naclerio and John W. Cordice, King was hospitalized for several weeks, while Curry was found mentally incompetent to stand trial.