His mother was an accomplished organist and choir leader who took him to various churches to sing, and he received attention for singing "I Want to Be More and More Like Jesus". King later became a member of the junior choir in his church. When the boys were six, they started school: King had to attend a school for African Americans and the other boy went to one for whites public schools were among the facilities segregated by state law. King lost his friend because the child's father no longer wanted the boys to play together. In his adolescent years, he initially felt resentment against whites due to the "racial humiliation" that he, his family, and his neighbors often had to endure in the segregated South.
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Background[ edit ] Bayard Rustin left and Cleveland Robinson right , organizers of the March, on August 7, Although African Americans had been legally freed from slavery , elevated to the status of citizens and the men given full voting rights at the end of the American Civil War , many continued to face social, economic, and political repression over the years and into the s. In the early s, a system of legal discrimination, known as Jim Crow laws , were pervasive in the American South , ensuring that Black Americans remained oppressed. They also experienced discrimination from businesses and governments, and in some places were prevented from voting through intimidation and violence. With Bayard Rustin , Randolph called for , black workers to march on Washington,  in protest of discriminatory hiring by U.
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