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MLK Was 15-Years Old When He Finished High School, and 19 When He Graduated College

Martin Luther King, Jr. graduating from high school

Dr. Martin Luther King was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and had already graduated from Booker T. Washington High School by the time he was just 15-years old. That same year, in 1944, he was accepted into Morehouse College, and in 1948, he graduated from there with a B.A. degree in Sociology. He was only 19-years old.

It didn't stop there. In 1951, he was awarded a fellowship for graduate studies, and he enrolled in the doctoral program at Boston University.

In 1955, at the age of 26, Dr. King received his Ph.D. from Boston University. That very same year, the infamous Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. Dr. King quickly became the leader of the Montgomery bus boycott, which helped end segregation on city buses.

Two years, later in 1957, he formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to fight for the civil rights of Black people all across the country.