MLK Timeline


MLK's Birth

January 15, 1929

MLK Was born on this date and there begins the timeline

His brother was born

July 30, 1930

His brother named Alfred Daniel was born

King begins nursery school

January, 1932

MLK begins nursery school

He received the B. A. degree


Martin Luther attended segregated public schools in Georgia, graduating from high school at the age of fifteen; he received the B. A. degree

Enrolled in graduate studies at Boston University

1953 - 1955

With a fellowship won at Crozer, he enrolled in graduate studies at Boston University, completing his residence for the doctorate in 1953 and receiving the degree in 1955.

Became Pastor of Dexter


Martin Luther King became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Always a strong worker for civil rights for members of his race, King was, by this time, a member of the executive committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the leading organization of its kind in the nation.

ready to accept leadership of great negro nonviolent demonstration

December, 1955

He was ready to accept the leadership of the first great Negro nonviolent demonstration of contemporary times in the United States

Elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership


he was elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization formed to provide new leadership for the now burgeoning civil rights movement.

Was named Man of the Year by Time magazine


he was awarded five honorary degrees; was named Man of the Year by Time magazine and became not only the symbolic leader of American blacks but also a world figure.

MLK Was Assassinated

April 4, 1968

while standing on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was to lead a protest march in sympathy with striking garbage workers of that city, he was assassinated. which then ends the timeline