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Martin Luther King, Jr. Timeline

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Timeline of important events involving Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 15, 1929 – Born in Atlanta, Ga.

1944 – Graduates from Booker T. Washington High School, admitted to Morehouse College.

1948 – Graduates from Morehouse College with Bachelor of Arts in sociology, enters Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania.

1951 – Graduates from Crozer Theological Seminary with a Bachelor of Divinity, enters Boston University for graduate studies.

1953 - Marries Coretta Scott on June 18.

1954 – Becomes pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.

June 5, 1955 - Receives Doctorate of Philosophy in Systematic Theology from Boston University with a dissertation on "A Comparison of the Conceptions of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman."

November 17, 1955 - Yolanda Denise, King's first child, is born

December 1955 – Joins Montgomery Bus Boycott after Rosa Parks arrested. Serves as official spokesperson after being elected president of the Montgomery Improvement Association. King is arrested during the boycott campaign, which ends with 1956 Supreme Court ruling in Browder v. Gayle ending bus segregation.

1957 - With Ralph Abernathy, and other civil rights activists, King founds the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). King is featured on cover of Feb. 18, 1957 Time magazine.

May 17, 1957 – King speaks to crowd of 15,000 at the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom.

October 23, 1957 - King's second child, Martin Luther King III, is born

1958 – Publishes first book, Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story. While signing books on September 20, King is stabbed in chest with a letter opener by Izola Ware Curry.

1959 - Visits India in February to study Mohandas Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolence. Moves to Atlanta to direct SCLC.

1960 – Becomes co-pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta with his father. In October, King is arrested during sit-in waiting to be served at a restaurant. He is sentenced to four months in prison but is released after intervention by John and Robert Kennedy.

January 30, 1961 - King's third child, Dexter Scott, is born.

May 1961 – Assists Freedom Riders after the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed segregation in interstate transportation.

1961 – 1962 – Is arrested twice while aiding in Albany Movement, a desegregation coalition formed in Albany, Georgia.

March 28, 1963 - King's fourth child, Bernice Albertina, is born.

April 1963 – Is arrested Ralph Abernathy in Birmingham, Alabama for demonstrating without a permit. While in jail, King writes Letter from Birmingham Jail.

June 1963 – Releases second book, Strength to Love.

June 23, 1963 – Leads 125,000 people on a Freedom Walk in Detroit.

August 28, 1963 – Delivers "I Have a Dream" speech to 250,000 people at March on Washington.

December 3, 1963 – Meets with President Lyndon Johnson to discuss civil rights legislation

January 1964 – Names "Man of the Year" by Time magazine.

June 1964 - Publishes Why We Can't Wait.

July 1964 – Attends signing of Civil Rights Act into law.

September 18, 1964 - Meets with Pope Pius VI.

December 10, 1964 – At age 35, becomes youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway

February 2, 1965 - Arrested in Selma, Alabama during a voter-registration demonstration.

March 1965 – Leads a march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery, Alabama.

February 1966 - Moves to Chicago to spread civil rights movement to the North.

June 1966 - Begins the "March Against Fear" through the South.

July 1966 – Begins demonstrations in Chicago to end discrimination in housing, employment, and schools.

November 27, 1967 – Forms "Poor People's Campaign" to focus on jobs and freedom for the poor of all races.

March 1968 – Leads a march of black sanitation works in Memphis, Tenn.

April 4, 1968 - Assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.

April 9, 1968 – King's funeral is held.

November 2, 1983 – President Ronald Reagan signs Martin Luther Jr. Day into law.

January 20, 1986 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day first observed.

October 16, 2011 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial dedicated in Washington, D.C.

 

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