Martin Luther King Jr Birth Home in Atlanta, Georgia
1929 - Alberta King gives birth to Martin Luther King, jr. in Atlanta, Georgia. - factmonster.com(credit: unknown/ Public domain)
Martin Luther King
1944 – King skipped ninth and twelfth grades, informally completed high school at age 15 and was accepted into Morehouse College. 1948 - King completes BA in sociology from Morehouse College at age 19. 1951 -Goes on to complete degree from Crozer Theological Seminary and accepted into Boston University Ph.D program. - Factmonster.com(credit: unknown/ Public Domain)
Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church
1954 - Becomes minister of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama. 1955 - Earns Ph.D in systematic theology from Boston University. King leads boycott of segregated Montgomery buses. 1956 - King's home is bombed, Montgomery desegregates buses. Factmonster.com(credit: unknown/ Public Domain)
Coretta Scott King
1953 - King married Coretta Scott, Conservatory music student, and had four children; Yolanda King, Martin Luther King III, Dexter Scott King and Bernice King. - Wikipedia.org(credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church
1957King helps found Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). 1958Writes Stride Toward Freedom, about the bus boycott 1959 - Briefly stays in India to study nonviolence and civil disobedience. 1960 - Becomes co-pastor of his father's Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. - factmonster.com(credit: unknown/ Public Domain)
Martin Luther King, Jr.
1965 - King leads march from Selma to Montgomery. Protestors are brutalized by police; King addresses massive gathering before state capitol, influences more support for voting rights. factmoster.com Congress passes Voting Rights Act of 1965, which suspends (later bans) literacy tests and other restrictions to prevent blacks from voting. 1960’sKing's growing opposition to the Vietnam War angers President Johnson, prompts many white activists to switch to anti-war activities.(credit: unknown/ Public Domain)
Kelly Ingram Park,Birmingham Alabama
Congress passes Voting Rights Act of 1965, which suspends literacy tests and other restrictions to prevent blacks from voting. 1960’s- King's growing opposition to the Vietnam War angers President Johnson, prompts many white activists to switch to anti-war activities. - Factmonster.com(credit: unknown/ Public Domain)
Dr. Martin Luther King , Jr. Delivers "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington.
1963 - King is arrested and jailed during anti-segregation protests in Birmingham; writes Letter From Birmingham City Jail, arguing that individuals have the moral duty to disobey unjust laws. Delivers "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington attended by 200,000 protesters, creates powerful image, builds momentum for civil rights legislation. 1964 - Publishes "Why We Can't Wait" Congress passes Civil Rights Act of 1964, outlawing segregation in public accommodations and discrimination in education and employment. - Factmonster.com(credit: unknown/ Public Domain)
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was arrested numerous times for civil disobedience.
1960 - Lunch counter sit-ins began in Greensboro, North Carolina. In Atlanta, King is arrested during a sit-in waiting to be served at a restaurant. He is sentenced to four months in jail, but after intervention by John Kennedy and Robert Kennedy, he is released. - LSU.edu 1962 - During the unsuccessful Albany, Georgia movement, King is arrested on July 27 and jailed. 1963 - On Good Friday, April 12, King is arrested with Ralph Abernathy by Police Commissioner Eugene "Bull" Connor for demonstrating without a permit. Subsequently, stores, restaurants, and schools were desegregated, hiring of blacks implemented, and charges dropped. 1965 - Arrested in Selma, Alabama during a voting rights demonstration.(credit: Birmingham Police Department/Public Domain)
The civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The civil rights leader Martin Luther KIng waves to supporters, August 28, 1963, on the Mall in Washington DC. 1964 - On January 3, King appears on the cover of Time magazine as its Man of the Year. King attends the signing ceremony of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 at the White House on July 2. During the summer, King experiences his first hurtful rejection by black people when he is stoned by Black Muslims in Harlem for his opposition to use violence. - source motivationmatterslimited.co.uk and LSU.edu(credit:-/AFP/Getty Images)
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers "I Have a Dream" speech
1963 - King makes his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. The March on Washington, held August 28, is the largest civil rights demonstration in history with nearly 250,000 people in attendance. - LSU.edu(credit: National archives/ Public Domain)
US clergyman and leader of the Movement
1964 - December 10, US clergyman and leader of the Movement against Racial Segregation Martin Luther King, displays his Nobel Peace Prize medal. The only Black man whose birthday is a national holiday, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the leader of the moral fight against racism in America when he was fatally shot by James Earl Ray 04 April 1968 at the age of 39. - Getty Images.(credit: AFP/Getty Images)
Tomb of Martin Luther King & Coretta Scott King in Atlanta, Georgia
1968 - King announces that the Poor People's Campaign will culminate 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. Dr. King marches in support of sanitation workers on strike in Memphis, Tennessee. On March 28, King lead a march that turns violent. This was the first time one of his events had turned violent. Delivered "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech. At sunset on April 4, Martin Luther King, Jr. is fatally shot while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. There are riots and disturbances in 130 American cities. There were twenty thousand arrests. King's funeral on April 9 is an international event.(credit: Wikicommons/Public Domain)
The National Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
During President Reagan's term, congress officially created a holiday to honor Dr. King. The national Martin Luther King Day of Service was started by former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Harris Wofford and Atlanta Congressman John Lewis, who co-authored the King Holiday and Service Act. The federal legislation challenges Americans to transform the King Holiday into a day of citizen action volunteer service in honor of Dr. King. The federal legislation was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on August 23, 1994. - Wikipedia.org(credit: Karen Bleier/Getty Images, graphic credit: Andrea Miranda)