MLK changed his direction then and graduated in 1948 with a B.A. In sociology. He then moved on to Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania where he earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree. After the Seminary, King enrolled in the Boston University graduate program and earned a doctorate in systematic theology. In Boston he met Coretta Scott, who he would marry in 1953. After the wedding the King's settled in Montgomery, Alabama where MLK became the pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Their family grew as they had four children.
Later that year MLK worked with a number of civil rights and religious groups to organize the March on Washington for jobs and freedom. It was designed to be a peaceful political rally to shed light on the injustices African Americans continued to face across the country. Held on August 28th 1963 and attended by some 200,000 to 300,000 participants, the event is widely regarded as a watershed moment in the history of the American civil rights movement and a factor in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It was at this march that MLK made his most famous address, know as the "I have a Dream" speech.
Standing on the steps of Lincoln Memorial, MLK shared his vision of a future. The speech and march cemented King's reputation at home and abroad. Later that year he was named Man of the Year by TIME magazine and in 1964 became the youngest person ever awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.