MLK Timeline

  • He was born

    He was born
    He was born in Atlanta,Georgia. He was the middle child.
  • graduates from Morehouse College with Bachelor's Degree in sociology

    graduates from Morehouse College with Bachelor's Degree in sociology
    Entered the College as an early-admission student in 1944. He was 15.
  • King enters Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania

    King enters Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania
    He graduated from Morehouse College with a B.A. degree in Sociology. He was 15.
  • King graduates with a Bachelor's Degree in Divinity studies

    King graduates with a Bachelor's Degree in Divinity studies
    He graduated with a degree dealing with religion. He was a pastor.
  • King enters Boston University

    King enters Boston University
    Searching for a multicultural community and a setting for his study of ethics and philosophy. He became “Dr. King” by earning a Ph.D. in systematic theology here in 1955.
  • Kind married Correta

    Kind married Correta
    They have 4 kids.When they married she moved to Montgomery.
  • King gets his PhD from Boston University

    King gets his PhD from Boston University
    He was searching for a multicultural community and a setting for his study of ethics and philosophy.
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott begins

    Montgomery Bus Boycott begins
    Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a city bus then Dr. Martin L. King led a boycott of city busses. After 11 months the Supreme Court ruled that segregation of public transportation was illegal.
  • King's home is bombed

    King's home is bombed
    MLK house was bombed in Montgomery, Alabama. Nearing his home, King saw a crowd of black men, some brandishing guns and knives, and a multitude of white policemen around his residence.
  • Southern Christian Leadership Conference forms in Atlanta and elects MLK as president

    Southern Christian Leadership Conference forms in Atlanta and elects MLK as president
    The SCLC was formed around the same time as the Montgomery boycott. The main aim was to advance the cause of civil rights in America but in a non-violent manner.
  • King's first book "Stride Toward Freedom The Montgomery Story" is published

    King's first book "Stride Toward Freedom The Montgomery Story" is published
    It is a historic account. He describes the conditions of African Americans living in Alabama during the era.
  • mentally ill woman stabs King

    mentally ill woman stabs King
    Izola Ware Curry stabbed him. It was at a book signing
  • King studies non violent tactics

    King studies non violent tactics
    He was going on a trip to India. He named Mahatma Gandhi as “the guiding light of our technique of non-violent social change”.
  • King returns to Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta

    King returns to Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta
    The National Park Service has preserved the church, the crypts of King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, and his birth home. He was a minister there.
  • King is arrested in Atlanta

    King is arrested in Atlanta
    He was arrested along with 51 other people. He has been arrested multiple times for mostly protesting
  • King assists in negotiations for the Freedom Riders

    King assists in negotiations for the Freedom Riders
    At least 436 individuals would ride buses and trains to make their point. They were assaulted by white mobs.
  • King says his "I Have a Dream" speech

    King says his "I Have a Dream" speech
    It was during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. He spoke it to call for an end to racism in the United States and called for civil and economic rights.
  • Time Magazine names King "Man of the Year"

    Time Magazine names King "Man of the Year"
    He was a platform for many blacks. He was he first african american published.
  • King's book Why We Can't Wait is published

    King's book Why We Can't Wait is published
    It was about the nonviolent movement against racial segregation in the United States. It was specifically aimed towards the 1963 Birmingham campaign.
  • King receives the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway

    King receives the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway
    He was the youngest winner of the prize. Dr. King said today that the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to him was a tribute to millions of Americans who followed the precepts of nonviolence.
  • King leads demonstrations in Chicago

    King leads demonstrations in Chicago
    It is also known as the Chicago open housing movement. It was also lead by James Bevel and Al Raby.
  • King leads a march of in Memphis Tn

    King leads a march of in Memphis Tn
    It was King's last march. Working conditions were bad so James Lawson asked his friend King to come help.
  • King is assassinated at the Lorraine Motel, in Memphis

    King is assassinated at the Lorraine Motel, in Memphis
    Two other buildings and their adjacent property, also connected with the King assassination, have been acquired as part of the museum complex.King received frequent death threats due to his prominence in the Civil Rights Movement.
  • riots break out across the nation in reaction to King's death

    riots break out across the nation in reaction to King's death
    It was also known as the Holy Week Uprising.Itwas a wave of civil disturbance which swept the United States following the assassination of MLK.
  • King's birthday becomes a cnational holiday

    King's birthday becomes a cnational holiday
    President Ronald Reagan signed a bill marking the third Monday of every January, as MLK day.The first federal holiday honoring an African American is MLK day.