Case | HBS Case Collection | August 2005 (Revised February 2007)

Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Young Minister Confronts the Challenges of Montgomery

by William W. George, Rick Buhrman and Andrew N. McLean

Abstract

As the Montgomery Bus Boycott starts, the young Martin Luther King Jr. faces challenges to his leadership goals, strategic vision, and personal and family safety. Makes extensive use of King's own words and writings and builds a portrait of a young, talented, and ambitious leader about to embark on a risky and new endeavor. Traces the development of King's professional goals, his theological and political education, his young family, and his nascent professional career. Raises questions about the role of fear and uncertainty, support networks, deeply held beliefs, and professional goals in leadership decision making.

Keywords: Decision Making; Education; Values and Beliefs; Biography; Leadership; Personal Development and Career; Family and Family Relationships; Alabama;

Citation:

George, William W., Rick Buhrman, and Andrew N. McLean. "Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Young Minister Confronts the Challenges of Montgomery." Harvard Business School Case 406-016, August 2005. (Revised February 2007.)