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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.: A Timeline


January 15th, 1929 - Born in Atlanta as Michael King Junior. When he was about five, his namesake father legally changed their names.

1947 - Though skeptical of religion while growing up, he chose to enter the ministry in order to "serve humanity."

1948 - Enrolled in Crozer Theological Seminary, near Philadelphia.

June 18th, 1953 - Married Coretta Scott; the couple would have four children.

1954 - Became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.

1955 - Received his doctorate in theology from Boston University.

December 1st, 1955 - Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white person on a Montgomery city bus. Doctor King became a leader in the boycott of buses that resulted from Parks's case.

1957 - Co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, a social action organized by black churches. It was inspired by the successful crusades of the Reverend Billy Graham.

1963 - The SCLC began organizing non-violent protests advocating economic justice and an end to segregation in Birmingham, Alabama.

1963 - Suspicious of King and the SCLC's activities, the FBI began tapping his telephone.

August 28, 1963 - Helped lead the March on Washington, where he delivers his historic "I Have a Dream" speech.

October 14th, 1964 - Became the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for his advocacy of non-violent protest.

March 9th, 1965 - Organized a peaceful march from Selma to the Alabama state capital, Montgomery. Initially blocked by local authorities, it was successfully staged 16 days later.

April 4th, 1967 - Publicly spoke out against the war in Vietnam for the first time.

1968 - Organized the Poor People's Campaign, reaching across ethnic lines to protest economic inequality.

March 29th, 1968 - Went to Memphis in support of striking local sanitation workers.

April 3rd, 1968 - Delivered his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech at the Mason Temple in Memphis.

April 4th, 1968 - Assassinated by gunman James Earl Ray while standing on a balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.

1986 - His birthday was established as a federal holiday.

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