Timeline of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Life

  • He is born

    At noon to parents the reverned and Mrs. Martin Luther King Sr.
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    Life and afterwords

    His life until he was shot
  • Graduates from Brooker T Washington high school at age 15 and is accepted into morehouse college

    is also accepted into morehouse college
  • Graduates from Morehouse College and enters Crozer Theological Seminary. Ordained to the Baptist ministry at age 19.

  • Enters Boston University for graduate studies.

  • Marries Coretta Scott and gets a house in Montgomery, Alabama.

  • Received Doctorate of Philosophy in Systematic Theology from Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts Dissertation Title: A Comparison of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Wiseman.

  • Joins Bus boycott after Rosa Parks was arrested

  • Elected president of Montgomery Improvement Assocaition

  • the Supreme Court rules that bus segregation is illegal, ensuring victory for the boycott.

  • He forms the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to fight segregation and achieve civil rights.

  • He speaks to a crowd of 15,000 in Washington, D.C.

  • The U.S. Congress passed the first Civil Rights Act since reconstruction. King's first book, Stride Toward Freedom, is published.

  • On a speaking tour, Martin Luther King, Jr. is nearly killed when stabbed by an assailant in Harlem. Met with President Dwight D. Eisenhower, along with Roy Wilkins, A. Philip Randolph, and Lester Grange on problems affecting black Americans.

  • Visited India to study Mohandas Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolence.

  • He resigns from pastoring the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church to concentrate on civil rights full time. He moved to Atlanta to direct the activities of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

    Resigns from pastoring the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church to concentrate on civil rights full time. He moved to Atlanta to direct the activities of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
  • Becomes co-pastor with his father at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Lunch counter sit-ins began in Greensboro, North Carolina. In Atlanta, he is arrested during a sit-in waiting to be served at a restaurant. He is sentenced to four months in jail, but after intervention by John Kennedy and Robert Kennedy, he is released.

  • Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee founded to coordinate protests at Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina.

  • Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) began first Freedom Ride through the South, in a Greyhound bus, after the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed segregation in interstate transportation.

  • The Interstate Commerce Commission bans segregation in interstate travel due to work of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Freedom Riders

  • During the unsuccessful Albany, Georgia movement, King is arrested on July 27 and jailed.

  • On Good Friday, he is arrested with Ralph Abernathy by Police Commissioner Eugene Connor for demonstrating without a permit.

  • On April 13, the Birmingham campaign is launched. This would prove to be the turning point in the war to end segregation in the United States

  • the Birmingham aggrement is announced. The stores, restaurants, and schools will be desegregated.

  • he leads 125,000 people on a Freedom Walk in Detroit.

  • he March on Washington is still the largest civil rights demonstration in history with nearly 250,000 people in attendance. It is also where he made his famous i have a dream speach.

  • President Kennedy is assassinated

  • he appears on the cover of Time magazine as its Man of the Year.

  • He attends the signing ceremony of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 at the White House

  • King is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He was and is the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for Peace at age 35.

  • He is arrested in Selma, Alabama during a voting rights demonstration.

  • he moves into a Chicago slum tenement to attract attention to the living conditions of the poor.

  • he and others begin the March Against Fear through the South.

  • He initiates a campaign to end discrimination in housing, employment, and schools in Chicago.

  • He announces the inception of the Poor People's Campaign focusing on jobs and freedom for the poor of all races.

  • he leads a march that turns violent. This was the first time one of his events had turned violent. he delivered I've Been to the Mountaintop speech.

  • he is fatally shot while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. There are riots and disturbances in 130 American cities. There were twenty thousand arrests.

  • His funeral on April 9 is an international event

  • a national holiday is proclaimed in His honor.