1929Martin Luther King wasborn on January 15th,1929 in Atlanta, Georgia.
1944Graduated from Booker T,Washington High Schooland was accepted intoMorehouse Collage at age 15.
1948Graduates from MorehouseCollege and enters CrozerTheological Seminary.Ordained to the Baptistministry, February 25, 1948,at age 19.
1953Marries Coretta Scott andsettles in Montgomery,Alabama.
1955Received Doctorate ofPhilosophy in SystematicTheology from BostonUniversity, Boston,Massachusetts.Joins the bus boycott afterRosa Parks was arrested onDecember 1. On December 5,he is elected president of theMontgomery ImprovementAssociation, making him theofficial spokesman for theboycott.
1956On November 13, theSupreme Court rules thatbus segregation is illegal,ensuring victory for theboycott.
1957King forms the SouthernChristian LeadershipConference to fightsegregation and achieve civilrights. On May 17, Dr. Kingspeaks to a crowd of 15,000in Washington, D.C.
1958The U.S. Congress passedthe first Civil Rights Actsince reconstruction. Kingsfirst book, Stride TowardFreedom, is published.On a speaking tour, MartinLuther King, Jr. is nearlykilled when stabbed by anassailant in Harlem. Metwith President Dwight D.Eisenhower, along with RoyWilkins, A. Philip Randolph,and Lester Grange onproblems affecting blackAmericans.
1959Visited India to studyMohandas Gandhisphilosophy of nonviolence.Resigns from pastoring theDexter Avenue BaptistChurch to concentrate oncivil rights full time. Hemoved to Atlanta to directthe activities of the SouthernChristian LeadershipConference.
1960Becomes co-pastor with hisfather at the EbenezerBaptist Church in Atlanta,Georgia.Lunch counter sit-ins beganin Greensboro, NorthCarolina. In Atlanta, King isarrested during a sit-inwaiting to be served at arestaurant. He is sentencedto four months in jail, butafter intervention by JohnKennedy and RobertKennedy, he is released.Student Non-ViolentCoordinating Committee
1961In November, the InterstateCommerce Commissionbans segregation ininterstate travel due to workof Martin Luther King, Jr.and the Freedom Riders.Congress on Racial Equality(CORE) began first FreedomRide through the South, in aGreyhound bus, after theU.S. Supreme Courtoutlawed segregation ininterstate transportation.
1962During the unsuccessfulAlbany, Georgia movement,King is arrested on July 27and jailed.
On Good Friday, April 12, 1963King is arrested with RalphAbernathy by PoliceCommissioner Eugene "Bull"Connor for demonstratingwithout a permit.On April 13, the Birminghamcampaign is launched. Thiswould prove to be theturning point in the war toend segregation in theSouth.During the eleven days hespent in jail, MLK writes his
1963On May 10, the Birminghamagreement is announced.The stores, restaurants, andschools will be desegregated,hiring of blacksimplemented, and chargesdropped.On June 23, MLK leads125,000 people on aFreedom Walk in Detroit.The March on Washingtonheld August 28 is the largestcivil rights demonstration inhistory.
1963 I have a dream!At the march, King makeshis famous I Have a Dreamspeech!
1964King attends the signingceremony of the Civil RightsAct of 1964 at the WhiteHouse on July 2.During the summer, Kingexperiences his first hurtfulrejection by black peoplewhen he is stoned.
1964 Nobel Peace PrizeOn December 10, king isawarded the Nobel peaceprize.
1965He is arrested in Alabamafor a voting rightsdemonstration.
1965In June, Martin Luther Kingleads the march from fear tothe south.
1967The supreme court holds aconviction of King by aBirmingham court fordemonstrating without apermit.
1968On March 28, MLK leads amarch that turns violent.Delivered Ive been to themountain top speech.
Death in 1968At sunset on April 4, Martin Luther King, Jr. is fatally shotAt sunset on April 4, Martin Luther King, Jr. is fatally shot while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee Memphis, Tennessee
He was a good man. He was a good man.But you always have to let them go.But you always have to let them go.