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1929 Born on at noon on January 15 1929 1944 Graduated from Booker T Washington High School and was admitted to Morehouse College at the age of 15 1948 Graduates from Morehouse College and enters Crozer Theological Seminary Ordained to the Baptist ministry February 25 1948 at the age 19 1953 Marries Coretta Scott and settles in Montgomery Alabama 1955 Received Doctorate of Philosophy in Systematic Theology from Boston University Boston Massachusetts on June 5 1955 1958 The US Congress passed the first Civil Rights Act since reconstruction Kings first book Stride Toward Freedom is published 1959 Visited India to study Mohandas Gandhis philosophy of nonviolence Resigns from pastoring the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church to concentrate on civil rights full time He moved to Atlanta to direct the activities of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference 1960 Becomes copastor with his father at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta Georgia 1963On June 23 MLK leads 125000 people on a Freedom Walk in Detroit The March on Washington held August 28 is the largest civil rights demonstration in history with nearly 250000 people in attendance At the march King makes his famous I Have a Dream speech 1964 On January 3 King appears on the cover of Time magazine as its Man of the Year King is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10 Dr King is the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for Peace at age 35 1968 At sunset on April 4 Martin Luther King Jr is fatally shot while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis Tennessee Kings funeral on April 19 is an international event
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