Michael King is born in Atlanta. His father changes the boy’s name, as well as his own, to Martin Luther King several years later.
Jan. 15 1929
King is ordained and becomes assistant pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, his father’s church.
Feb. 25 1948
King and Coretta Scott are married near Marion, Ala. King’s father officiates at the service.
June 18 1953
King’s home is bombed while he is speaking at a meeting. His wife and daughter are unharmed.
Jan. 30 1956
King delivers his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial as more than 200,000 demonstrators take part in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Aug. 28 1963
King is shot and killed on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. King is buried in Atlanta on April 9th
April 4 1968
Civil Rights Events
Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama bus. Her defiant stance prompts a year-long Montgomery bus boycott.
Dec. 1 1955
Eisenhower signs the Civil Rights Act of 1957 into law to help protect voter rights. The law allows federal prosecution of those who suppress another’s right to vote.
Sep. 9 1957
Governor George C. Wallace stands in a doorway at the University of Alabama to block two black students from registering. The standoff continues until President John F. Kennedy sends the National Guar
June 11 1963
President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968, also known as the Fair Housing Act, providing equal housing opportunity regardless of race, religion or national origin.
April 11 1968