Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
|January 15, 1929
||Martin was born in Atlanta, Georgia. His parents were the Reverend and Mrs. Martin Luther King Sr.
|1944||Martin Luther King Jr. graduated for Booker T. Washing High Scool. He was 15 years old. He was admitted to Morehouse College.|
|February 25, 1948
||King became a minister in his father's church, Ebenezer Baptist Church. He was 18 years old.
|June 21, 1948
||King graduated from Morehouse College. He graduated when he was 19.
|1951||King entered Boston University for graduate studies.|
|June 18, 1953
||Martin King Jr. married Coretta Scott and settled in Montgomery, Alabama.
|October 13, 1954
||King became a pastor of a Baptist
church in Montgomery, Alabama.
|June 5, 1955
||Dr. King received his Ph.D. from Boston University.
|December 1, 1955||After Rosa Parks was arrested King became a leader of the Montgomery bus boycott, which helped end the separation of blacks and whites on buses.|
|December 5, 1955||Dr. King was elected president of the Montgomery Improvement Association. He therefore became the official spokesman for the boycott.|
|November 13, 1956||The Supreme Court ruled that bus segreagation wass illegal. This was a victory for the boycott.|
|1957||Martin Luther King Jr. formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to fight segregation and achieve civil rights.|
|1958||Martin's first book, Stride Toward Freedom, was published.|
|1958||Marting Luther King Jr. was all most killed when he was stabbed in Harlem, NY while he was on a book tour. He was stabbed by Izola Ware Curry with a letter opener. She was also carrying a gun. (TIME article.)|
|1959||King resigned as pastor of the Dexter Avenue Babtist Church to work on civil rights full time and to direct the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).|
|1960||Martin Luther King Jr. became co-paster of the Ebenezer Baptist Church iwth his father.|
|1960||King was arrested during a protest at a restuarant and sentenced to four months in jail. He was released after John and Roberet Kennedy came to his aid.|
|1961||The first Freedom Ride through the South took place by CORE, Congress for Racial Equality. Due to the work of King the Interstate Commerce Commision banned segregation on interstate travel.|
|July 2, 1962||King was arrested and jailed during an unsuccessful protest in Albany, Georgia.|
|April 12, 1963||Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested on Good Friday along with Ralph Abernathy. He was arrested by Police Commissioner Eugene "Bull" Connor for demonstrating without a permit. He spent 11 days in jail during which time he wrote "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."|
|August 28, 1963||King led the March on Washington and gave his "I Have a Dream" speech. Almost 250,000 people listened to his speech in the nation's capital.
|December 10, 1964||Dr. King received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work.|
|March 21, 1965||King led thousands of protesters 50 miles
from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
King was arrested during the march.
|July 10, 1966||King began a campaign to end discrimmination in housing, employment and schools in Chicago.|
|1967||King marched in support of sanitation workers that were on strike in Memphis, Tennessee.|
|April 4, 1968||Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated by James Earl Ray. His furneral was held on April 9th.
|November 2, 1986||A national holiday was established in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.|
|Activities||This is an excellent time to talk to your grandparents about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ask them what they remeber about Dr. King and his role in the Civil Rights movement. Many people can remember where they were and what they were doing when the heard about the assassination of King. Ask your grandparents if they remember that day. Write down what you learn from your family. Save it, it becomes part of the oral history of the United States.|