The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - Civil Rights Movement

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Born at Noon. Parents: The Reverend and Mrs. Martin Luther King Sr.

    Martin Luther King Jr. Born at Noon. Parents: The Reverend and Mrs. Martin Luther King Sr.
    He was born in Atlanta, Georgia. His Birthday is now observed as a National Holiday
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    The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Graduated from Booker T. Washington High School

    Graduated from Booker T. Washington High School
    Dr. King Jr. Graduated at age 15 and was admitted to Morehouse College
  • Marries Coretta Scott and settles in Montgomery, Alabama

    Marries Coretta Scott and settles in Montgomery, Alabama
    The couple had four children. Yolanda (born 1955), Martin Luther III (born 1957), Dexter (born 1961), and Bernice (born 1963).
  • Doctorate of Philosophy from Boston University

    Doctorate of Philosophy from Boston University
    Received Doctorate of Philosophy in Systematic Theology.
    His Dissertation Title: A Comparison of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Wiseman.
  • Elected President of the Montgomery Improvement Association

    Elected President of the Montgomery Improvement Association
    Dr. King joined the bus boycott when Rosa Parks was arrested. He was made the official spokesperson for the boycott.
  • Victory for Bus Boycott!

    Victory for Bus Boycott!
    Supreme Court rules that bus segregation is illegal.
  • Congress passed the first Civil Rights Act.

    Congress passed the first Civil Rights Act.
    Dr. King formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to fight segregation and achieve civil rights. Dr. King spoke to a crowd of 15,000 in Washington D.C.
    He writes his first book titled: Stride Towards Freedom
  • Journey to India to study Mohandas Gandhi's philosophy on nonviolence

    Journey to India to study Mohandas Gandhi's philosophy on nonviolence
    Dr. King taught and practiced nonviolence during the civil rights movement. Gandhi was an inspiration to Dr. King
  • Arrested for lunch counter sit-in at a restaurant in Greensboro, NC

    Arrested for lunch counter sit-in at a restaurant in Greensboro, NC
    Dr. King and his non-violent coordinating committee began a lunch counter sit-in for blacks to have the rights to be served at restaurants. He was arrested and sentenced to four months in jail, but John Kennedy and Robert Kennedy intervened, so Dr. King was released.
  • Segregation of interstate travel banned due to Dr. King and Freedom Riders

    Segregation of interstate travel banned due to Dr. King and Freedom Riders
    Congress On Racial Equality (CORE) began the Freedom Ride through the south on a Greyhound bus. The goal was to allow blacks to use interstate transportation for travel. Buses were burned, people were arrested and abused. The U.S. Supreme Court had outlawed segregation for interstate transportation. Segregation was then banned due to the Freedom Riders and Dr. King
  • March on Washington. Dr. King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech

    March on Washington. Dr. King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech
    The March on Washington is the largest civil rights demonstration in history with nearly 250,000 people in attendance Dr. King presents his "I Have a Dream" speech. Stores, restaurants, and schools will be desegregated, hiring of blacks will be implemented, and charges from arrests were dropped.
  • Time magazine has Dr. King as Man of the Year

    Time magazine has Dr. King as Man of the Year
    Dr. King appears on the cover of Time Magazine as Man of the Year. King attends the signing ceremony of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 at the White House on July 2, 1964. Later that year on December 10, 1964, he is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at age 35
  • Dr. King begin Poor Peoples Campaign for jobs for people of all races

    Dr. King begin Poor Peoples Campaign for jobs for people of all races
    Dr. King announces that the Poor Peoples Campaign will have a March on Washington to demand an Economic Bill of Rights guaranteeing employment to the able-bodied, incomes to those who are unable to work, and an end to housing discrimination. The goal to have jobs and income for people of all races and to change living conditions of the poor.
  • Dr. King delivered "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech & assassinated

    Dr. King delivered "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech & assassinated
    At sunset on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Kings funeral on April 9 is an international event. Witin a week of his assassination, Congress passed the Open Housing Act to end housing discrimination.
  • Dr. King has a national holiday in his honor

    Dr. King has a national holiday in his honor
    On November 2, 1986, due to the United States Code Title 36 (Patriotic Societies and Observances), Chapter 9 (National Observances). The birthday of Dr. King is observed as a national holiday every year on the third Monday of January.
  • National Memorial in Washington D.C. honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    National Memorial in Washington D.C. honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    A 30 foot granite monument was built to represent equality, justice, and peace. This memorial was built to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his contributions to world peace through non-violent social change. October 16, 2011 was the MLK Memorial Dedication. President Barack Obama delivered the Dedication address.