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A couple whose wedding was officiated by Martin Luther King Jr. said he'd only do it after they gave him a good enough reason to get married

A couple whose wedding was officiated by Martin Luther King Jr. said he'd only do it after they gave him a good enough reason to get married
Gwen Middlebrooks said she told King she wanted to get married because she was tired of saying good night when James dropped her off after dates.

King wouldn't perform the ceremony until the couple had a good enough reason to get married, Gwen said.Speaking to Insider, Gwen said she and James decided they wanted to get married when they were 21, the summer before she started her senior year at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.When it came around to start planning the wedding, Gwen said that she knew she wanted to do it at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, because she had been a member there for over 10 years.So, she said, she asked King, her pastor and boss — Gwen said she worked as a nanny for King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, at the time — and his brother Alfred Daniel "A.

While King was a pastor at the church, from 1960 until his assassination in 1968, it was common for him to officiate weddings, Gwen said.But Gwen said when she asked King he told her he wouldn't agree to perform the ceremony until she gave him a good enough reason why she and James should get married.

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