Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Birthdate

    Birthdate
    Martin Luther King, Jr. is born in Atlanta, Georgia to parents Martin King, Sr. and Alberta Williams King
  • Morehouse College

    Morehouse College
    at age 15, King enrolls at Morehouse College to study law and medicine and decided to join the ministry upon entering his senior year.
  • Graduating Morehouse

    Graduating Morehouse
    King graduates from Morehouse with a degree in sociology.
  • Crozer Theological Seminary

    Crozer Theological Seminary
    King enrolls into Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania to study theology for three years. King accomplishes becoming the first black student body president.
  • Graduating from Crozer

    Graduating from Crozer
    King graduates from Crozer with a bachelor of divinity degree
  • Enters Boston University

    Enters Boston University
    King enrolls at Boston University for doctoral studies and to study religion.
  • Coretta Scott

    Coretta Scott
    At Boston University, King met Coretta Scott, an aspiring musician, whom he quickly married and had 4 kids with. Their kids were Yolanda, Dexter Scott, Bernice, and Martin Luther King III.
  • Graduating from Boston University

    Graduating from Boston University
    At 25, King earned his Ph.D from Boston University
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott

    Montgomery Bus Boycott
    Rosa Parks is arrested for not giving up her seat to a white man, which violated Montgomery's segregation law. Outraged by this discrimination, activists organized the Montgomery
    Improvement Association to boycott the city's transit systems with King as their leader.
  • King is threatened

    King is threatened
    During the Montgomery Bus Boycott, King's house is bombeb and he along with his family are now under constant threat
  • The Supreme Court Ruling

    The Supreme Court Ruling
    Bus segregation laws are viewed as unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court
  • End to the Boycott

    End to the Boycott
    After the long journey of getting the transit systems desegregated, King finally calls off the boycott.
  • Southern Christian Leadership Conference

    Southern Christian Leadership Conference
    King as well as 60 ministers and civil rights activists organized the SCLC to promote the use of non-violent protests. With the help of this organization, King was able to lecture around the country and discuss race issues with other activists and religious leaders
  • Birmingham Campaign

    Birmingham Campaign
    King organizes the Birmingham Campaign to end lunch counter segregation. With the use of dogs and powerful fire hoses, policemen arrested King along with many of his supporters and participating school children.
  • March on Washington

    March on Washington
    King and other activists organize the March on Washington and he delivers his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in front of 200,000 or more interracial civilians. Due to his speech, the Civil Rights ACt of 1964 was passed and discrimination was illegal in buildings that were publicly owned and desegregation in public places was enforced.
  • Selma March

    Selma March
    King organized this march to prmote the need for federal voting rights giving legal support for the enfranchisement of balcks in the South. During the march, King and his followers were stopped by state troopers with weapons. Scheduling a second march, King led his followers outside of Selma where they were met by more state troopers. King's response was to kneel and pray and turn back. This action cost him a great deal of support.
  • Opposition to War and Poverty

    Opposition to War and Poverty
    In attempt to regain his supporters, King tried to speak about other concerns, such as war and poverty. King was against
    U.S. war involvement, especially in Vietnam. He also tried to organize a coalition of the poor to help spread word about economic problems but this didn't follow through due to lack of support.
  • Death

    Death
    Martin Luther King, Jr. is assasinated by James Earl Ray while standing on his room's second story balcony at the Lorraine Motel