Martin Luther King jr.

  • Birth

    Birth
  • Starts Elementry School

    Starts Elementry School
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=MyS3HPInHtI Every day his teacher mad his class sing this song.
  • Grauated from Booker T. Washington High School

    Grauated from Booker T. Washington High School
    Graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and was admitted to Morehouse College at age 15
  • Graduated from Morehouse College

    Graduated from Morehouse College
    Graduates from Morehouse College and enters Crozer Theological Seminary. Ordained to the Baptist ministry, February 25, 1948, at age 19.
  • Enters Boston University

    Enters Boston University
    1951 Enters Boston University for graduate studies.
  • Marries Coretta Scott

    Marries Coretta Scott
    1953

    Marries Coretta Scott and settles in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • Received Doctorate of Philosophy in Systematic Theology

    Received Doctorate of Philosophy in Systematic Theology
    1955

    Received Doctorate of Philosophy in Systematic Theology from Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts on June 5, 1955.
    Dissertation Title: A Comparison of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Wiseman. Joins the bus boycott after Rosa Parks was arrested on December 1. On December 5, he is elected president of the Montgomery Improvement Association, making him the official spokesman for the boycott.
  • Bus Segregation is Illegal

    Bus Segregation is Illegal
    1956

    On November 13, the Supreme Court rules that bus segregation is illegal, ensuring victory for the boycott.
  • Wants to Fight Segeration

    Wants to Fight Segeration
    1957

    King forms the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to fight segregation and achieve civil rights. On May 17, Dr. King speaks to a crowd of 15,000 in Washington, D.C.
  • The U.S. Congress passed the first Civil Rights Act since reconstruction.

    The U.S. Congress passed the first Civil Rights Act since reconstruction.
    1958

    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.

    Visited India to study Mohandas Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolence.
    1959

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

    Becomes co-pastor with his father at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
    1960

    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, King 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.
  • Interstate Commerce Commission bans segregation in interstate travel

    Interstate Commerce Commission bans segregation in interstate travel
    1961

    In November, the Interstate Commerce Commission bans segregation in interstate travel due to work of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Freedom Riders. 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.
  • King announces that the Poor People's Campaign will culminate in a March on Washington demanding a $12 billion Economic Bill of Rights

    King announces that the Poor People's Campaign will culminate in a March on Washington demanding a $12 billion Economic Bill of Rights
    1968

    King announces that the Poor People's Campaign will culminate in a March on Washington demanding a $12 billion Economic Bill of Rights guaranteeing employment to the able-bodied, incomes to those unable to work, and an end to housing discrimination. Dr. King marches in support of sanitation workers on strike in Memphis, Tennessee. On March 28, King lead a march that turns violent. This was the first time one of his events had turned violent. Delivered I've Been to the Mountaintop spe
  • Martin Luther King, Jr's. Death

    Martin Luther King, Jr's. Death
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Date of death is April 4, 1968