Martin Luther King was just twenty six, a new daddy, right out of graduate school when he followed the controversial outspoken antisegrigationist, Vernon Johns as pastor of this church. He did not expect to be the spokesman and anchor for a powerful bus boycott, or to have himself and his young family the target of so much hate. He was chosen as boycott leader partly because he was a relative unknown without a reputation as a civil rights trouble maker. The extent of his gifts for oratory and leadership were as yet unrevealed. Little did anyone, including Dr. King himself, know what was coming for the man, the family, the cause, the nation.