Dr. Martin Luther King Jr is born in Atlanta to teacher Alberta King and Baptist minister Michael Luther King.
Graduates high school at age 15, enters Morehouse College shortly thereafter.
Receives a BA in sociology from Morehouse College at age 19.
Receives degree from Crozer Theological Seminary (Chester, Pa.), enrolls in Boston University Ph.D. program.
Marries New England Conservatory music student Coretta Scott; they eventually have four children.
Becomes minister of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama.
Receives a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Boston University.
His I Have a Dream speech was said in Washington during the march for jobs and freedom
He was shot by James Earl Ray on the balcony of a Lorraine motel in Memphis Tennessee