Martin Luther King

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    -born January 15, 1929, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S
    -At age 6 his friends stop playing with him because his school becomes racist and he can't talk to kids banks
    -at 12, he tries to kill himself by throwing himself off the second floor
    -at the age of 15 he goes to work for a tobacco plantation and surprises by the coexistence between blacks and whites alike
  • Marriage

    While in Boston, King met Coretta Scott, a native Alabamian who was studying at the New England Conservatory of Music. They were married in 1953 and had four children.
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  • First social movement

    -Decided to contest racial segregation on that city’s public bus system following the incident on December 1, 1955, in which Rosa Parks, an African American woman, had refused to surrender her bus seat to a white passenger and as a consequence was arrested for violating the city’s segregation law
    -King set about organizing the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), which gave him a base of operation throughout the South, as well as a national platform from which to speak.
  • He is a shepherd

    In 1960 King and his family moved to his native city of Atlanta, where 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
  • Is arrested

    Is arrested
    In late October he was arrested with 33 young people protesting segregation at the lunch counter in an Atlanta department store.
  • Failure

    were also notable failures, as in Albany, Georgia (1961–62), when King and his colleagues failed to achieve their desegregation goals for public parks and other facilities.
  • Birmingham, Alabama

    In Birmingham, Alabama, in the spring of 1963 King began a march where authorities dropped dogs and fire hoses against demonstrations. He was jailed along with large numbers of his supporters, including hundreds of schoolchildren.
  • I have a dream

    I have a dream
    On August 28, 1963, 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 the crowds were uplifted by the emotional strength and prophetic quality of King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, in which he emphasized his faith that all men, someday, would be brothers.
  • Selma, Alabama

    March 1965 demonstrations in Selma, Alabama, start the oposition, which were aimed at dramatizing the need for a federal voting-rights law that would provide legal support for the enfranchisement of African Americans in the South. King organized an initial march from Selma to the state capitol building; Heading a procession of 1,500 marchers, Black and white, the group came to a barricade of state troopers. Resulting in the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
  • Los Angeles

    Los Angeles in August 1965 demonstrated the depth of unrest among urban African Americans, After a spring and summer of rallies, marches, and demonstrations, an agreement was signed between the city and a coalition of African Americans, liberals, and labour organizations, calling for various measures to enforce the existing laws and regulations with respect to housing.
  • New York

    On April 4, 1967, at Riverside Church in New York City and again on the 15th at a mammoth peace rally in that city, he committed himself irrevocably to opposing U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.
  • Memphis, Tennessee

    King’s plans for a Poor People’s March to Washington were interrupted in the spring of 1968 by a trip to Memphis, Tennessee, in support of a strike by that city’s sanitation workers
  • Died

    The next day, while standing on the second-story balcony of the Lorraine Motel, where he and his associates were staying, King was killed by a sniper’s bullet. The killing sparked riots and disturbances in over 100 cities across the country. On March 10, 1969, the accused assassin, a white man, James Earl Ray, pleaded guilty to the murder and was sentenced to 99 years in prison.
    died April 4, 1968, Memphis, Tennessee