The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was born this day, Jan. 15, 1929. A Baptist minister, like his father and grandfather, he pastored Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala., and Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, before forming the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Rev. King wrote: "I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers. ... I stand in the middle of two opposing forces. ... One is a force of complacency. ... The other force is one of bitterness and hatred ... expressed in ... Elijah Muhammad's Muslim movement. ... I have tried to stand between these two forces ... for there is the more excellent way of love."