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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    • JAN 15

      Born

    1929
    • Becomes spokesman for Montgomery Bus Boycott

    1955
    • Becomes president of SCLC

    1957
    • "March on Washington"

    1963
    • JUL 02

      Signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

    • DEC 10

      Wins Nobel Peace Prize

    1964
    • APR 03

      "I've Been to the Mountaintop" Speech

    • APR 04

      Assassinated at the Lorraine Motel

    • APR 09

      A Family, and a Nation, Mourns

    1968
  • This is King's childhood home in Atlanta. Credit: Jim Bowen/Flickr

    Born

    Atlanta, Georgia
    This is King's childhood home in Atlanta.

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  • Dr. King with Rosa Parks during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Credit: Ebony Magazine Source: U.S. Information Agency

    Becomes spokesman for Montgomery Bus Boycott

    Montgomery, Alabama
    Dr. King with Rosa Parks during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. After the boycott had gone on for 381 days, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled segregation in public transportation was unconstitutional.

    Credit: Ebony Magazine
    Source: U.S. Information Agency
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  • Becomes president of SCLC

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  • "March on Washington"

    Washington, District of Columbia
    Dr. King on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where he delivered the "I Have a Dream Speech."


    Source: Department of Defense
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    The full text of the "I Have a Dream" speech.

    Full Text of the "I Have a Dream" speech. Copyright: 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Nov 10, 2015

  • Signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

    Washington, District of Columbia
    President Lyndon B. Johnson shakes hands with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. after giving him one of the pens used to sign the Civil Rights Act of July 2, 1964, at the White House.

    Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division
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  • Wins Nobel Peace Prize

    Oslo
    Norway
    Dr. King became the youngest man to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10, 1964. Some scholars refer to his speech upon acceptance of the award as one of his best.

    Excerpt from the speech:

    “I accept the Nobel Prize for Peace at a moment when 22 million Negroes of the United States of America are engaged in a creative battle to end the long night of racial injustice,” he began. “I accept this award on behalf of a civil rights movement, which is moving with determination and a majestic scorn for risk and danger to establish a reign of freedom and a rule of justice. I am mindful that only yesterday in Birmingham, Alabama, our children, crying out for brotherhood, were answered with fire hoses, snarling dogs and even death. I am mindful that only yesterday in Philadelphia, Mississippi, young people seeking to secure the right to vote were brutalized and murdered. And only yesterday more than 40 houses of worship in the State of Mississippi alone were bombed or burned because they offered a sanctuary to those who would not accept segregation. I am mindful that debilitating and grinding poverty afflicts my people and chains them to the lowest rung of the economic ladder.” -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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  • "I've Been to the Mountaintop" Speech

    Memphis, Tennessee
    Excerpt:

    "Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind. Like anybody, I would like to live - a long life; longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. So I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord." -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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  • The Lorraine Motel, site where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Credit: DavGreg/Wikimedia Commons

    Assassinated at the Lorraine Motel

    Memphis, Tennessee
    The Lorraine Motel, site where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

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  • Coretta Scott King consoles her 5-year-old daughter, Bernice, at the funeral for her husband at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Credit: Moneta Sleet Jr., Ebony Magazine

    A Family, and a Nation, Mourns

    Atlanta, Georgia
    Coretta Scott King consoles her 5-year-old daughter, Bernice, at the funeral for her husband at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

    Credit: Moneta Sleet Jr., Ebony Magazine
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