Biography: Martin Luther king

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  • Birth

    Born in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
  • Leader of an association

    Leader of an association
    Activists formed the Montgomery Improvement Association to boycott the transit system and chose King as their leader.
  • King lectured in all parts of the country.

    He and his party were warmly received by India’s Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and others.
  • He became co-pastor with his father of the Ebenezer Baptist Church.

    At this post he devoted most of his time to the SCLC and the civil rights movement.
  • Support in demonstrations by black students

    Support in demonstrations by black students
    He was arrested with 33 young people protesting segregation at the lunch counter in an Atlanta department store, was released only upon the intercession of Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy.
  • Delivering his "I have a dream" speech

    Delivering his "I have a dream" speech
    An interracial assembly of more than 200,000 gathered peaceably in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial to demand equal justice for all citizens under the law. Here he gave the speech famous “I Have a Dream”.
  • The passage of the Civil Rights Act.

    The passage of the Civil Rights Act.
    Authorizing the federal government to enforce desegregation of public accommodations and outlawing discrimination in publicly owned facilities, as well as in employment.
  • Received the Nobel Peace Prize

    Received the Nobel Peace Prize
    king received the award of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo in December.
  • King organized an march the need for a federal voting-rights

    King organized an march the need for a federal voting-rights
    King organized an initial march the need for a federal voting-rights law that would provide legal support for the enfranchisement of African Americans in the South.
  • Passage of the Voting Rights Act.

    Resulting in the passage of the Voting Rights Act.
  • Peace rally

    At a mammoth peace rally in that city, he committed himself irrevocably to opposing U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.
  • Died

    While standing on the second-story balconY, King was killed by a sniper’s bullet in Memphis, Tennessee