Dr Martin Luther King Timeline

The Martin Luther King Jr timeline shows the impact this man had in his short 39 years of life.

  • 1929Born on January 15 to the Reverend Martin Luther King Sr.and Alberta Williams King
  • 1944Began his studies at Morehouse College at the age of 15
  • 1948Entered Crozer Theological Seminary for three years
  • 1951Began his graduate studies at Boston University
  • 1953Martin Luther King marries Coretta Scott at her parent’s home in Alabama
  • 1955Received his PhD in Systematic Theology from Boston College
  • 1955Led the Montgomery bus boycott based on the experience of Rosa Parks
  • 1956Bus segregation has been ruled illegal by the Supreme Court
  • 1959Went to India and met with the family of Mahatma Gandhi
  • 1960Became co-pastor with his father at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta
  • 1960Was arrested for a sit-in at a restaurant in Greensboro, NC
  • 1961Based on MLK’s work, the Interstate Commerce Commission banned segregation in interstate travel.
  • 1963King writes his famous Letter from Birmingham jail after being arrested.
  • 1963On June 23, he led a group of 125,000 people in a Freedom Walk in Detroit
  • 1963On August 28 he joins more than 250,000 people in the March on Washington and delivers the famous “I Have a Dream” speech
  • 1964MLK Jr. is the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peach Prize
  • 1966King begins to focus on other social issues starting with the March Against Fear
  • 1968Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated on the balcony of a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • 1986President Reagan signs a law declaring the third Monday in January Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday.
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