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Martin Luther King Jr. Found Power and Fun in Sports
By Amanda Scurlock, Sports Writer
Published January 13, 2016
During a visit to a pool hall, February 18, 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., campaigning in Chicago, IL. for better living conditions for African Americans, demonstrates some proficiency with a cue. (AP Photo)

During a visit to a pool hall, February 18, 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., campaigning in Chicago, IL. for better living conditions for African Americans, demonstrates some proficiency with a cue. (AP Photo)

DID YOU KNOW? Dr. Martin Luther King took interest in playing Billiards during his college years. According to the book ‘The Everything Martin Luther King Jr. Book: The Struggle, The Tragedy, the Dream,’ by Jessica McElrath, playing Billiards was a past time he took up while attending Crozer Theological Seminary. Students of the Seminary were encouraged to get acquainted with each other outside of class. Below the chapel was a recreation room with pool tables. After being reluctant to playing, King took on to the sport due to the liberal environment at the Seminary.

When King was 18 years old, he witnessed Jackie Robinson break the color barrier and was inspired by his actions, according to Yahoo Sports.

Sports Illustrated noted that Dr. King said that Robinson was “… a pilgrim that walked in the lonesome byways toward the high road of Freedom. He was a sit-inner before sit-ins, a freedom rider before freedom rides.”

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