By KYLE WOODHOUSE/APJENNE JONES, APJENNA JONES & AMANDA WALLACE, APWASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) — Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had a “rock star” reputation, according to his wife and some of his closest confidants.
In a recent biography of the Rev., Dr. Katharine Haynes King described the preacher as “very popular” in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama.
In the 1950s, Jackson became known as the “Uncle Tom of Birmingham,” who helped integrate the city’s schools.
In his autobiography, he wrote about a trip he took to Birmingham during which he met a group of black teenagers who wanted to make music together.
King recalled his meeting with them and how he felt a connection with them.
He wrote that the girls’ music inspired him to write a song.
He wrote, “The first time I heard this young man, he had an electric guitar in his hand and the song he was playing was called ‘Soul of the King.'”
King, who was a member of the Birmingham chapter of the NAACP, wrote that he felt compelled to record the song as a way of “reaffirming the unity of the black community.”
The Reverend was born in Birmingham in 1921, according a news release from the National African American Museum.
He attended a Baptist church and attended St. John’s Episcopal Church.
His father was a Methodist minister.
He became active in the civil rights movement and became an activist for civil rights.
In 1962, he helped found the NAACP.
In 1968, he was arrested and later jailed after a protest outside the Birmingham City Hall, which he had attended as a child.
King was a vocal supporter of Martin Luther Kennedy Jr. who became president in 1968.
He served as the mayor of Birmingham for 18 years.
He was also mayor of St. Louis.
In 2012, the Revs.
Jesse and Al Jackson’s first child, Jackson’s granddaughter, Jasmine, was born.