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  • Martin Luther King Jr. timeline

  • The life of Martin Luther King Jr.

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  • 1929 — Born Jan. 15, Atlanta, Ga.
    1948 — Graduates from Moorehouse College; ordained into the ministry.
    1951 — Enters graduate school at Boston University.
    1953 — Marries Coretta Scott; moves to Montgomery, Ala., where he becomes pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church.
    1955 — Earned doctorate in systematic theology from Boston College cq; joins Montgomery Bus Boycott; elected president of the Montgomery Improvement Association.
    1957 — Launches the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to fight Jim Crow.
    1958 — Survives an assassination attempt in Harlem, N.Y.
    1959 — Visits the family of Mohandes K. Gandhi in India; resigns from his pastorate, returns to Atlanta.
    1960 — Becomes co-pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, with his father.
    1962 — Arrested in Albany, Ga.
    1963 — Arrested in Birmingham, Ala., for marching without a permit; pens “Letter from  Birmingham Jail;” delivers “I Have a Dream “ speech during March on Washington.
    1964 — Named Time’s Man of the Year; attends signing of Civil Rights Act in the White House;  get attacked by Muslims in Harlem, receives Nobel Peace Prize.
    1965 — Arrested in Selma, Ala.
    1966 — Moves into a Chicago tenement to bring attention to poverty; leads March Against Fear, and campaigns against discrimination in Chicago.
    1967 - Jailed for four days in Birmingham; starts the Poor People’s Campaign.
    1968 — Delivers “The Mountain Top” speech; assassinated in Memphis.
    1986 — President Ronald Reagan signs the King holiday into law.
    Sources: Louisiana State University, www.drmartinlutherking.net
    Did You Know: Coretta Scott King paid for the maternity bill for future Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts when she was born in 1967.