Martin Luther King Jr.

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  • Born

    Martin Luther King Jr. is born at 12:00 pm on Jan. 15, 1929
  • Graduated from Booker T. Washington High School

  • Was admitted to Morehouse College at age 15

  • Started Graduate School at Boston University

  • Gets Married

    Gets Married
    MLKJr marries Coretta Scott and they move to Montgomery, Alabama
  • Graduates

    MLK Jr. receives a Doctorate of Philosophy in Systematic Theology from Boston University
  • Becomes President of the Montgomery Improvement Association

     Becomes President of the Montgomery Improvement Association
    This makes Martine Luther King Jr. the official spokesperson for the Bus Boycott, in which Rosa Parks was arrested for.
  • Southern Christian Leadership Conference

    King forms the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to help achieve civil rights and fight segregation.
  • Bus segregation is illegal

    Success for MLK Jr. and his boycott happens when the Supreme Court rules bus segregation is illegal.
  • Stride Toward Freedom

    Stride Toward Freedom
    King's first book is published.
  • Resigns as Pastor

    Resigns as pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church to direct his focus on civil rights.
  • Visits Gandhi

    Visits  Gandhi
    GandhiKing travels to India to learn from Gandhi's nonviolent teachings.
  • Arrested

    King is arrested for a sit in in a restaurant, but John Kennedy intervenes and he is released.
  • Interstate Commerce Commission bans segregation

    Interstate Commerce Commission bans segregation because of Martin Luther King Jr and The Freedom Riders.
  • Arrested for Protesting without a Permit

    Letter from Birmingham JailKing is arrested for protesting without a permit and while in jail writes Letter From Birmingham Jail.
  • March On Washington

    March On Washington
    March On WashingtonKing leads the March on Washington which is the largest civil rights demonstration in history. This is where King gave the " I have a dream.." speech.
  • Time's Man of the Year

    Time's Man of the Year
    King is selected as Time Magazines Man of the Year
  • Nobel Peace Prize

    MLK Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at age 35.
  • Poor People's Campaign

    King announces his new campaign focusing of poor people of all races.
  • King Is Shot

    King Is Shot
    Martin Luther King, Jr. is fatally shot while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.
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