What kind of honorary degrees did Martin Luther King Jr get?

Dr. King was awarded honorary degrees from numerous colleges and universities in the United States and several foreign countries. They include the following:1957Doctor of Humane Letters, Morehouse CollegeDoctor of Laws, Howard UniversityDoctor of Divinity, Chicago Theological Seminary1958Doctor of Laws, Morgan State CollegeDoctor of Humanities, Central State College1959Doctor of Divinity, Boston University1961Doctor of Laws, Lincoln UniversityDoctor of Laws, University of Bridgeport1962Doctor of Civil Laws, Bard College1963Doctor of Letters, Keuka College1964Doctor of Divinity, Wesleyan CollegeDoctor of Laws, Jewish Theological SeminaryDoctor of Laws, Yale UniversityDoctor of Divinity, Springfield College1965Doctor of Laws, Hofstra UniversityDoctor of Human Letters, Oberlin CollegeDoctor of Social Science, Amsterdam Free UniversityDoctor of Divinity, St. Peter's College1967Doctor of Civil Law, University of New Castle Upon TyneDoctor of Laws, Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa

Martin Luther King entered the Christian ministry and was ordained in February 1948 at the age of nineteen at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia. Following his ordination, he became Assistant Pastor of Ebenezer. Upon completion of his studies at Boston University, he accepted the call of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama. He was the pastor of Dexter Avenue from September 1954 to November 1959, when he resigned to move to Atlanta to direct the activities of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. From 1960 until his death in 1968, he was co-pastor with his father at Ebenezer Baptist Church and President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Dr. King was a pivotal figure in the Civil Rights Movement. He was elected president of the Montgomery Improvement Association, the organization which was responsible for the successful Montgomery Bus Boycott from 1955 to 1956 (381 days). He was arrested thirty times for his participation in civil rights activities. He was a founder and president of Southern Christian Leadership Conference from 1957 to 1968. He was also vice president of the national Sunday School and Baptist Teaching Union Congress of the National Baptist Convention. He was a member of several national and local boards of directors and served on the boards of trustees of several institutions and agencies. Dr. King was elected to membership in several learned societies including the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.