Martin Luther King Jr

main

Born

January 15,1929

Born noon on January 15,1929 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Graduated

June 1944

Graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and went to Morehouse College at 15.

Enters the Baptist ministry

February 25, 1948 - 1951

Graduates from Morehouse College and enters Crozer Theological Seminary to the Baptist ministry, at age 19.

Enters Boston University

1951 - 1955

Enters Boston University for studies.

Moves to Montgomery, Alabama

1953

Gets married to Coretta Scott and moves to Montgomery, Alabama.

Bus boycott

1955 - 1956

On December 5, he is elected president of the Montgomery Improvement Association. That made him the spokesman for the boycott. That he joined after Rosa Parks was arrested on
December 1.

Forms the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

1957

Fighting segregation and achieveing civil rights. On May 17, he speaks to a crowd of 15,000 in Washington, D.C.

He is stabbed

1958

On a speaking tour,he is stabbed in Harlem.Metting President Dwight D. Eisenhower,Roy Wilkins, A. Philip Randolph, and Lester Grange on problems affecting black Americans.

Resigns

1959

Resigns from the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. He moved to Atlanta to direct the activities of Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Arrested

1960

Co-pastor with his father at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
In Atlanta. he is arrrested during a sit-in waiting to be served at a restaurant. Sentenced for four months in jail.Then, he is realeased after the intervention by John Kennedy and Robert Kennedy.

Arrested again

1962

During the Albany, Georgia movement, hes arrested and jailed on July 27.

Arrested with Ralph

1963

On Good Friday, April 12, he is arrested with Ralph Abernathy by Police Commissioner Eugene "Bull" Connor without a permit. During the eleven days he writes his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail.On June 23, he leads 125,000 people on a Freedom Walk in Detroit.
At the march,he made his famous I Have a Dream speech.

Awards

1964

On January 3, he appears on Time magazine as the Man of the Year. He attends the signing ceremony of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 at the White House on July 2. During the summer, he experiences the first rejection by black people when he is stoned by Black Muslims in Harlem. He is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10.Making him the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for Peace at age 35.

Arrest in Selma,Alabama

February 2,1965

He is arrested in Selma, Alabama during a voting rights demonstration.

Moves into a Chicago

1966

He moves to Chicago slum tenement to attract attention to the poor. In June,he and others Marched Against Fear through the South. On July 10, he initiates a campaign to end discrimination in housing, employment, and schools in Chicago.

Focusing on jobs and freedom for the poor of all races.

1967

He spends four days in Birmingham jail. On November 27, he announces the Poor People's Campaign focusing on jobs and freedom for the poor of all races.

King dies

1968

He announces the Poor People's Campaign will be in a March on Washington demanding a $12 billion Economic Bill of Rights guaranteeing employment to the able-bodied, incomes to those unable to work, and an end to housing discrimination. He marches in sanitation workers on strike in Memphis, Tennessee. On March 28, he lead a march that turned violent. This was the first time one of his events that had turned violent. Delivered I've Been to the Mountaintop speech. At sunset on April 4, he is shot while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Hes funeral was on April 9.