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Martin Luther King Jr. Timeline

  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Emancipation Proclamation
    Signed in Washington D.C.
    African Americans, former slaves, the Southern Union States Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in Washington D.C. The Emancipation Proclamation stated that all slaves being held in rebellious states shall be free. Another part of the Proclamation was that it accepted black men into the Union Army and Navy.
  • Fourteenth Amendment

    Fourteenth Amendment
    Washington D.C.
    Passed in the Senate and the House The Fourteenth Amendment is part of the Reconstructive Movemnet during the Reconstructive Era. The amendment includent citizenship rights and equal protection. This amendment granted citizenship to everyone who had been born or naturalized into the United States (including slaves). It also forbids states from denying "Life, Liberty, or Property without due process of Law". This was a big civil rights expansion for the nation.
  • Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birth

    Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birth
    Family Home in Atlanta, GA
    Parents were Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. and Alberta King. He was the first son and second child.
  • First bachelor’s degree

    First bachelor’s degree
    Morehouse College
    He recieved his bachelor of arts degree in sociology.
  • Marriage to Coretta

    Marriage to Coretta
    Coretta King's father's house
    family/friends They went on to have four children.
  • First doctorate

    Boston University
    He recieved his Ph.D in systematical theology.
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    Montgomery Bus Boycott

    Montgomery, Alabama
    Public in Montgomery, Alabama (Black and White), Bus riders and city government This was a protest against the racial segregation on pblic transportation in Montgomery, Alabama, This was one of the large scale demonstrations against segregation. This was a regusal to use public buses, instead they carpooled or walked to work, jobs, ect. This took unity to make this succesful. December 5, 1955- December 20, 1956. December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks refused seat on bus.
  • MLK Jr.'s First Arrest

    Montgomery, Alabama
    Martin Luther King Jr. gets arrested as a "Get Tough" Campaign to protest against segregated public transportation.
  • Origin of Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)

    Origin of Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
    Atlanta, Georgia
    Southern States SCLC=Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The purpose of the group was to promote civil rights in America. Dr. King was the first president of the organization until his murder in 1968. SCLC was/is church oriented.
  • MLK visits India

    MLK visits India
    India King, his wife, and a friend of their's went on a 5 week stay in India. They were met with great hospitality. King answered questions at universities, meetings, and discussed his views of nonviolence with heads of state. This trip to India further convinced King that non-violence was the key to achieving civil rights.
  • MLK gets arrested for parading without a permit in Birmingham

    Birmingham, Alabama
    Southern States/Nation Bull Connor arrests King and Abernathy for demonstrating without a permit in Birmingham. They stay in jail for 7 days. During this time jailed is when King writes his "Letter From Birmingham Jail" speech.
  • “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

    “Letter from Birmingham Jail”
    Alabama jail cell
    addressing clergy men but for all to read
    King addresses the clergy men that wrote a letter to him and addresses each criticism they had. A big point that King makes is that there is no time for waiting because the time is the present. He talks about the difference between breaking a just and unjust law. King also says that he does take on the label of an extremist, a creative extremist. He ends it by signing "Yours for the cause of peace and brotherhood" and that's important b
  • “I Have a Dream” Speech

    “I Have a Dream” Speech
    Steps on the Washington D.C., Lincoln Memorial
    All Americans Blacks & Whites (Attenders, radio, televised) During a march on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Dr. King's speech examplified the idea that all Americans were created equal. He aimed his speech not only at aspiring African Americans but also whites to educate them on the emotions of African Americans during this time. This speech is now very famous and is quoted in other works on conflict resolution.
  • 16th Street Baptist Church bombing

    16th Street Baptist Church bombing
    16th Street Baptist Church in Brimingham, Alabama
    Members of the 16th Baptist Church A bomb exploded Sunday morninig before church services at the 16th Street Baptist Church. 4 young girls were killed and many others were injured. It was later found out that the FBI knew information regarding the bombers and took no action.
  • Civil Rights Act signed

    Civil Rights Act signed
    White House, Washington D.C.
    America Nation U.S. Predient Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act as it was nationally televised from the White House. After JFK was assasinated LBJ promised to continue to work on civil rights. The Civil Rights Act prohibited racial discrimination in employment, education and in public areas/places.
  • Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

    Oslo, Norway
    President, prime minister, King and Queen of Norway, around 250 guests total
    King was the youngest of his time to recieve a Nobel Peace Prize. He turned over his prize money to further the civil rights movement ($54,123).
  • Voting Rights Act Passed

    Voting Rights Act Passed
    Washington D.C.
    America Nation Passed by Senate with a vote of 77-19 on May 26, 1965. It was then passed by the House of Representatives with a vote of 333-85 on July 9. Signed by President Lyndon Johnson to help African Americans have the ability to vote under the 15th amendment of the Unident States of America.
  • MLK visits Chicago to help with unrest

    MLK visits Chicago to help with unrest
    Chicago's West Side Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. traveled to Chicago's West Side to help lead a march. There were a lot of angery white people ready to taunt the African Americans. Dr. King exposed himself during the march to expose the hatered of the whites.
  • “Beyond Vietnam” Speech

    “Beyond Vietnam” Speech
    New York Riverside Church New York, New York
    New York Riverside Church members and people attending This was Dr. King's first antiwar speech he delivered. This speech was a powerful and empowering against war.
  • “Drum Major Instinct” Speech

    “Drum Major Instinct” Speech
    Ebenezer Baptist Church- Atlanta, Georgia
    residents of Atlanta GA who went to Ebenezer Church A sermon he gave to those in the church was an adaption of a speech previously given by J. Wallace. This speeches purpose was to show that we all have a want to seek greatness and that we shouldn't turn away from those that do because we all have the same qualities. He also talks about how he hopes he will be remembered as a man that wanted to give and help as opposed to being remembered for something
  • “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” Speech

    “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” Speech
    Mason Temple-Memphis, Tennessee
    residents of Memphis who go to Mason Temple
    King's last speech before he was assassinated the next day. In his speech he talks about how if God let him choose any time period to be in, it would be his current one because they are forced to deal with the problems now and it can't be held off longer. He says that there needs to be economic protest and that you can't stop now when you've come so far. He follows up with an anecdote about a letter from a white girl. At
  • Martin Luther King Jr.'s Death

    Martin Luther King Jr.'s Death
    Lorraine Motel- Memphis, Tennessee
    America, Nation, World
    King was shot on his hotel balcony and pronouced dead an hour later at the hospital. This caused violent outrage resulting in deaths and property damage. LBJ called that April 7 would be a day for mourning for the loss of Dr. King. On the 8th, thousands marched in Memphis for King and the sanitation workers he was there to support. At Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta there was a funeral service held for him. Through the streets of Atlan