Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1944 he graduated high school and enrolled in Morehouse College. In 1953 he married Coretta Scott. He led a bus boycott in 1955. In 1956 him and his brother’s houses were bombed. The U.S. Supreme Court desegregates Montgomery buses. In 1958, he was stabbed by Izola Ware Curry at a book signing. In 1960, he became a Co – Pastor with his father at the Ebenezer Baptist Church. When King Jr. became a Pastor, he used big words he heard from his father as a kid. During more bus boycotts, King was arrested and put in jail in 1963. In 1963 he also said his very, very famous speech called I have a dream. It was attended by 200,000 people. It was said on the steps of the Lincoln Monument in Washington, D.C. 1964 was the year that Congress passed the Civil Rights Act. There is no segregation in public and no discrimination in education and jobs. Also in 1964, he won the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1964 he published the book called Why we can’t wait. He also wen to India to study the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. Some quotes he has said are, Hate Cannot drive out Hate; Only Love Can Do That. Darkness Cannot Drive Out Darkness; Only Light Can Do That. The time is always right to do what is right. In 1968, he was standing on the balcony of a motel in Memphis, then all of a sudden he was shot by James Earl Ray. Martin Luther King Jr. day is a day on the third Monday of January. It is a day in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and all the great things he has done for this country. This is a structured timeline of his life:



Event Date Information
Born  January 15, 1929  Born in Atlanta, Georgia
Graduates High School 1944 Goes to Morehouse College
Graduates College 1948 Gets BA in Sociology at age 19
Gets Married 1953 Married Coretta Scott, they have four children
Leads Bus Boycott 1955 Does not want Segregated Montgomery Buses
MLK’s house is bombed 1956
No more Segregated buses 1956 U.S Supreme Court to desegregate Montgomery buses
Becomes Co-pastor with father 1960 Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta
Is arrested and put in jail 1963 During more Boycotts
I have a dream speech 1963 200,000 go to Famous speech
Congress passes Civil Rights act 1964 No segregation in public and no discrimination in education and jobs
Wins Nobel Peace Prize 1964
Writes book called Why we Can’t Wait 1964
Stabbed with a knife 1958 Izola Ware Curry stabbed him in the Chest
Assassination  1968 On a balcony of a motel, MLK is shot in Memphis

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