This timeline starts on January 15, 1929 when Michael Luther King Jr. (later known as Martin Luther King Jr.) was born in Atlanta, Georgia. His parents were Baptist minister Michael Luther King and Schoolteacher Alberta King.
His brother named Alfred Daniel was born (July 30, 1930 – July 1, 1969).
January: King begins nursery school
1935 - 1942
1935: Baltimore Court rules Donald Murray must be admitted to white law school
1942 - 1943
Martin attends Booker T. Washington High School but leaves before graduation due to his acceptance and early admission in the Atlanta Morehouse College program for advanced placement
September: Martin Luther King attends Morehouse College in Atlanta.
June 3: The U.S. Supreme Court banned segregation in interstate bus travel
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. decided to become a minister and delivered his first prepared sermon in his father's church, Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, at age 18 in the Summer of 1947
February 25: Martin Luther King is appointed to serve as the assistant pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
May: He graduates from Crozer with a Bachelor of Divinity degree at the age of 22
June 18: Martin marries Coretta Scott at her parent’s home in Marion, Alabama. Coretta was the younger daughter of Obadiah and Bernice McMurray Scott
May 17: U.S Supreme Court rules that racial segregation in the public schools of America was unconstitutional
May 31: U.S. Supreme Court orders desegregation of the public schools "with all deliberate speed"
January 30: Dr. Martin Luther King’s house is bombed, there are no injuries
January – The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) is formed to form a strategy for ending segregation, and Martin Luther King is elected president.
June 23: Dr. King meets with President Eisenhower
February 2 - March 10: Martin Luther King and Coretta visit India as guests of Prime Minister Nehru
February: King and his family move to Atlanta where he serves as assistant pastor to his father at Ebenezer Baptist Church
January 31: Their third child, Dexter Scott is born in Atlanta, Georgia
September 30: Riots break out on the campus at the University of Mississippi
March 28: Dr. King’s fourth child, Bernice Albertine is born in Atlanta, Georgia
January 3: Time Magazine honors Dr. King as "Man of the Year"
February 21: Malcolm X is assassinated in New York City
January 13: Robert C. Weaver becomes the first Black to serve in the cabinet as Secretary of Housing and Urban Affairs
January: Dr. King’s fourth book, Where Do We Go from Here? Chaos or Community is published
March 28 – King leads striking sanitation workers in a march in Memphis, Tennessee. The march erupts in violence.
He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a national holiday in the United States
April 23: James Earl Ray the convicted killer of D. King died in prison of liver failure
Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr was posthumously awarded a Congressional Gold Medal
Martin Luther King Timeline
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