Timeline for Martin Luther King, Jr.

I’ve been doing some reading on Martin Luther King, Jr. His holiday is coming up in the near future. After reading and putting it all together, I decided I should make a timeline for him, like I did for Rockefeller.


  • 1929- 0- born in Atlanta, GA as Michael King
  • 1935- 6- father changes his name and Michael’s name to Martin Luther in honor of German Reformer
  • 1944- 15- passes entrance exam into Morehouse College
  • 1953- 24- finishes education at Crozer Theological Seminary and Boston University, marries, and the couple moves to Montgomery, Alabama where he takes a pastorate at Dexter Baptist Church
  • 1955- 26- Rosa Parks arrested for refusing to give up bus seat to a white man. King and others organize the Montgomery Improvement Association and organize a boycott that in a year leads to the end of bus discrimination in the city. King is propelled into national limelight
  • 1957- 28- King establishes the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for civil rights and becomes president of it.
  • 1958- 29- King is stabbed in the chest with a letter opener by an assailant at a department store book signing event
  • 1959- 30- King and family move to Atlanta to become co-pastor with father and seek safety
  • 1963- 34- March on Washington. 250,000 people gathered at Lincoln Memorial. He gives the “I Have a Dream” speech
  • 1964- 35- Named “Man of the Year” by Time magazine becoming the first black man to ever receive the honor. Also wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 1968- 39- Gives “I Have Seen the Promised Land” speech in Memphis while helping with a sanitation strike. He is assassinated the following day.

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