A Timeline of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
A Timeline of the
Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. January 15, 1929 — Martin Luther
King Jr. is born in Atlanta, Georgia.
1948 — At the age of 19, King graduates
from Morehouse College with a B.A.
1951 — King graduates
from Crozer Theological
Seminary with a B.Div.
June 18, 1953 — King marries
Coretta Scott in Heiberger, Alabama.
June 6, 1955 — Dr. King receives his Ph.D.
Degree in systematic theology at Boston University.
December 1, 1955 — Rosa Parks refuses
to give up her seat on a Montgomery city
bus, sparking the Montgomery bus boycott.
Dr. King leads the 385 day boycott —
enduring arrest and a house bombing —
resulting in the end of racial segregation
on all Montgomery public buses.
September 20, 1958 — Dr. King is stabbed
in the chest by a mentally ill woman in
a Harlem department store during a book signing.
April, 1963 — Dr. King is arrested for the 13th time
during the Birmingham campaign.
He composes his
famous Letter from Birmingham Jail.
August 28, 1963 — Dr. King delivers
his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech on
the steps of the Lincoln memorial
during the March on Washington.
The speech helped the passage
of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
October 14, 1964 — Dr. King is
awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
March 25, 1965 — During the march from Selma to
Montgomery, King declared, "the arc of the moral
universe is long, but it bends toward justice." April 15, 1967 — King speaks against
the Vietnam War, stating, "I would like
to see the fervor of the civil-rights
movement imbued into the peace movement." April 4, 1968 — Dr. King is
assassinated by James Earl Ray
at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN.