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Martin Luther King, Jr. : Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Timeline of King's Life


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

Books from the Library Catalog

Books by Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Books About the Life and Impact of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Websites and Online Resources

The King Center

Established in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (“The King Center”) has been a global destination, resource center and community institution for over a quarter century.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute

Created by Stanford University, this site provides sermons, speeches, writings, and other documents by Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Nobel Prize and Martin Luther King Jr. 

The 1964 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Martin Luther King, Jr. Read through the biography, Nobel Lecture, and more. 

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