Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.

  • Martin was Born

    Martin L. King, Jr. is born in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Rosa Parks

    Rosa Parks is arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, for refusing to give her seat on a bus to a white passenger in violation of local segregation laws.
  • Bus Boycott

    African Americans begin bus boycott and King is elected president of the Montgomery Improvement Association, an organization created to run the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
  • Civil Rights

    King meets with President John F. Kennedy to gain his support for the civil rights movement.
  • Freedom Walk

    King leads 125,000 people on a "Freedom Walk" in Detroit, Michigan.
  • Last speech

    King leads another march with sanitation workers; at a rally at Mason Temple, King delivers his last speech, "I've Been to the Mountaintop."
  • Kings Death

    While standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, King is shot and killed by James Earl Ray.