Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 15: Martin Luther King Jr. is born in Atlanta, Georgia
September 20: King begins college at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
February 25: King is ordained and appointed Associate Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia
June 8: King graduates from Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology
September 14: King begins attending Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania
May 6-8: King graduates from Crozer with a Bachelor of Divinity degree and delivers the valedictory speech at commencement
September 13: King begins his graduate studies in systematic theology at Boston University
June 18: King marries Coretta Scott in Marion, Alabama
June 5: King is awarded his Doctorate in Systematic Theology from Boston University
December 1: Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat
December 5: King is appointed president of the Montgomery Improvement Association
January 30: The Kings' home is bombed, and King pleads for nonviolence
November 13: The US Supreme Court rules that bus segregation laws are unconstitutional
January 10-11: The Southern Negro Leaders Conference on Transportation and Nonviolent Integration is formed, with King named chairman
May 17: King delivers his first national address "Give Us The Ballot" at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC
June 13: King and Ralph D. Abernathy meet with Vice President Richard Nixon
June 23: King and other Civil Rights leaders meet with President Dwight Eisenhower
September 17: King published is first book "Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story"
September 20: King is stabbed by Izola Ware Curry during a book signing
October 19: King is arrested during a sit-in demonstration in Atlanta, Georgia
May 21: King addresses a rally at a Montgomery church after the Freedom Riders are assaulted
October 16: King meets with President Kennedy to urge issuing a second Emancipation Proclamation to eliminate racial segregation
July 27: King is arrested at an Albany, Georgia prayer vigil
September 28: King is assaulted by a member of the American Nazi Party during the closing sessions of the SCLC Conference in Birmingham, Alabama
April 16: King pens his "Letter from Birmingham Jail" after being arrested on the 12th of April
June 5: King publishes his book of sermons, "Strength to Love"
August 28: King delivers his "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
October 10: US Attorney General Robert Kennedy authorizes the FBI to wiretap King's home phone
January 3: King is named Time Magazine's "Man of the Year"
June: King publishes his book "Why We Can't Wait"
June 11: King is arrested and jailed for demanding service in a white-only restaurant in St. Augustine, Florida
December 10: King receives the Nobel Peace Prize
March 7: Bloody Sunday occurs and voting rights marchers are beaten at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama
March 17-25: King and other Civil Rights leaders lead marchers from Selma to Montgomery after courts uphold the right for demonstrators to conduct an orderly march
April 4: King delivers the "Beyond Vietnam" speech in New York City
June: King publishes his book "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?"
March 28: King leads a march of 6,000 protesters in Memphis, Tennessee
April 3: King delivers his final speech "I've Been to the Mountain Top"
April 4: King is shot and killed on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee
Original timeline created by Stanford University's The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute.
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