Rev. Dr. King was one of the greatest ministers in history. We
celebrate his life, his radical commitment to God's calling to a ministry of justice
and peace, and his great achievements in the civil rights movement in the USA and around
the globe. He was also one of the most inspiring preachers ever!
Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Luther King Jr., later renamed Martin, born to schoolteacher Alberta King and Baptist
minister Michael Luther King. Boyhood in Sweet Auburn district.
King graduates from
Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. with a B.A.
Graduates with a
B.D. from Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pa.
June 18. King
marries Coretta Scott in Marion, Ala.. They will have four children: Yolanda Denise
(b.1955), Martin Luther King III (b.1957), Dexter (b.1961), Bernice Albertine (b.1963).
moves to Montgomery, Ala. to preach at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church.
After coursework at
New England colleges, King finishes his Ph. D. in systematic theology.
January 26. King is
arrested for driving 30 m.p.h. in a 25 m.p.h. zone.
January 30. King's
ministers form what became known as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. King is
named first president one month later.
In this typical
year of demonstrations, King traveled 780,000 miles and made 208 speeches.
King's first book
published, Stride Toward Freedom (Harper), his recollections of the
Montgomery bus boycott. While King is promoting his book in a Harlem book store, an
African American woman stabs him.
King visits India.
He had a lifelong admiration for Mohandas K. Gandhi, and credited Gandhi's passive
resistance techniques for his civil-rights successes.
King leaves for
Atlanta to pastor his father's church, Ebenezer Baptist Church.
King meets with
President John F. Kennedy to urge support for civil rights.
King leads protests
in Birmingham for desegregated department store facilities, and fair hiring.
after demonstrating in defiance of a court order, King writes "Letter From Birmingham
Jail." This eloquent letter, later widely circulated, became a classic of the
August 28. 250,000
civil-rights supporters attended the March on Washington. At the Lincoln Memorial, King
delivers the famous "I have a dream" speech.
published: Why We Can't Wait .
King visits with
West Berlin Mayor Willy Brant and Pope Paul VI.
December 10. King
wins Nobel Peace Prize.
January 18. King
successfully registers to vote at the Hotel Albert in Selma, Ala. and is assaulted by
James George Robinson of Birmingham.
continues to protest discrimination in voter registration, is arrested and jailed. Meets
with President Lyndon B. Johnson Feb. 9 and other American leaders about voting rights for
March 16-21. King
and 3,200 people march from Selma to Montgomery.
April 4. King is
assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. by James Earl Ray.
January 20 is the
first national celebration of King's birthday as a holiday.