January 15: Born to school teacher Alberta King and Baptist Minister Michael Luther King in Atlanta, GA.
Graduates from Booker T. Washington High School and is admitted to Morehouse College in Atlanta
Graduates from Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and enters Crozer Theological Seminary.
Ordained to the Baptist Ministry at the age of 19.
Graduates with a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Crozer Theological Seminary.
Starts graduate studies in Boston University.
Marries Coretta Scott in Marion, AL. (They will have 4 children.)
Moves to Montgomery, AL to preach at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church.
Receives his PhD in Systematic Theology from Boston University.
Joins the bus boycott after Rosa Park's arrest and is elected President of the Montgomery Improvement Association.
King's house is bombed.
The Supreme Court rule that bus segregation is illegal.
Formation of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. King is named as the first president.
During the year, King travels 780000 miles and makes 208 speeches.
Publishes his first book "Stride Toward Freedom" (Harper).
Stabbed by an assailant in Harlem.
Meets with President Dwight D. Eisenhower on problems affecting black Americans.
Visits India and studies Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolence.
Becomes copastor with his father at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
King meets with President John F. Kennedy to urge support for civil rights.
Arrested after demonstrating in defiance of a court order, King writes "Letter from Birmingham Jail". This eloquent letter, later widely circulated, becomes a classic of the civil rights movement.
250000 civil rights supporters attend the March on Washington. At the Lincoln Memorial, King delivers the famous "I Have A Dream" speech.
King's book "Why We Can't Wait" is published.
King attends the signing ceremony of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 at the White House.
King appears on the cover of Time magazine as its Man of the Year.
King wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
King protests discrimination in voter registration, and he is arrested and jailed.
Meets with President Lyndon B. Johnson about voting rights for African Americans.
King leads Selma to Montgomery March.
King begins the March Against Fear through the South.
Initiates a campaign to end discrimination in housing, employment, and schools in Chicago.
The Supreme Court upholds a conviction of King by a Birmingham court for demonstrating without a permit. King spends four days in Birmingham jail.
King announces the inception of the Poor People's Campaign focusing on jobs and freedom for the people of all races.
King marches in support of sanitation workers on strike in Memphis.
April 4: King is assassinated in Memphis, TN
King is buried in Atlanta, GA
A national holiday is proclaimed in King's honor.