January 15, l929 - Martin Luther King Jr. is born.
September, 1935 - Martin Luther
King begins school at the all-black
Yonge Street Elementary School in Atlanta.
June 1944 - Martin Luther King enters Morehouse College in Atlanta.
February, l948 - Martin Luther
King is ordained as a Baptist minister.
After graduating from Morehouse College in June, he enters the Crozer
Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania.
June 18, 1953 - Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott are married.
October, l954 - October, l954
Martin Luther King becomes pastor of the
Dexter Avenue Church on Montgomery, Alabama.
June 1955 - Martin Luther King
receives his Ph.D. in theology from
November 17, l955 - Yolanda Denise King, the King’s first child, is born.
December 1, l955 - Mrs. Rosa
Parks refuses to give up her bus seat to a
white man in Montgomery, Alabama.
December 5, 1955 - Martin Luther
King is elected president of the
Montgomery Improvement Association and lead a year long boycott of the
January 26, l956 - Martin Luther
King is arrested for the first time, for a
January, 1957 - The Southern
Christian Leadership Conference is
founded. Dr. King is chosen president.
February, 1959 - Dr. King and
his wife, Coretta Scott King, visit India.
They study Mahatma Gandhi’s methods of nonviolent protest.
January, l960 - The King family
moves to Atlanta, where Martin Luther
King becomes co-pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church with his father,
Martin Luther King, Sr.
February, l960 - Students in
Greensboro, North Carolina, stage the first
“sit-ins” at “whites-only” lunch counters.
October l9, l960 - Martin Luther
King is jailed after being arrested at a
sit-in at a lunch counter in Atlanta.
January 30, l961 - Dexter Scott King is born.
September, 1962 - Black student
James Meredith attempts to enroll at the
at the all-white University of Mississippi.
March 28, l963 - Bernice Albertine King is born.
April l2, l963 - Martin Luther
King is arrested and jailed (for the
thirteenth time) during a march in Birmingham, Alabama.
May, l963 - Dogs and fire hoses
are used by police in Birmingham to stop
August 28, l963 - 250,000 people
demonstrate in Washington, D.C., in
support of civil rights. Martin Luther King meets with President John F.
Kennedy and delivers his “I Have a Dream” speech. Listen to a part of the
speech click here
November 22, l963 - President Kennedy is assassinated.
August, l964 - Three young civil
rights workers are found murdered in
December, l964 - Martin Luther King receives the Nobel Peace Prize.
a part from when Dr. King accepts the Nobel Peace Prize, 1964 click here
March, l965 - Martin Luther King
and the SCLC begin a voter
registration campaign in Alabama. Civil rights protesters attempting to
march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery, Alabama, are beaten by
state patrolmen. A rare recording from a pep talk to Civil Rights
demonstrators click here
August, 1965 - The 1965 Voting Right Act is signed by President Johnson.
March 28, l968 - Martin Luther
King leads a march in support of striking
sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee.
April 3, l968 - Martin Luther
King delivers his last speech, “I’ve Been to
the Mountaintop.” An excerpt from Dr. King’s last speech click here
April 4, l968 - Martin Luther
King is shot and killed at the Lorraine
Motel in Memphis.