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Jan 15 1929 - Dr King is born - Born on Jan 15 1929 in Atlanta Ga he was the second of three children of the Rev Michael later Martin and Alberta Williams King Sept 1 1954 - Dr King becomes pastor - In 1954 King accepted his first pastorate--the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery Ala He and his wife Coretta Scott King whom he had met and married June 1953 while at Boston University Dec 1 1955 - Rosa Parks defies city segregation - Often called the mother of the civil rights movement Rosa Louise McCauley Parks b Tuskegee Ala Feb 4 1913 sparked the 381-day Montgomery bus boycott that led to a 1956 Supreme Court order outlawing discriminatory practices on Montgomery buses In December 1955 returning home from her assistant tailor job in Montgomery Parks refused a bus drivers order to surrender her seat to a white man She was jailed and fined 14 Dec 5 1955 - Montgomery bus boycott- Although precipitated by the arrest of Rosa Parks the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955-56 was actually a collective response to decades of intimidation harassment and discrimination of Alabamas African American population By 1955 judicial decisions were still the principal means of struggle for civil rights even though picketing marches and boycotts sometimes punctuated the litigation The boycott which lasted for more than a year was almost 100 percent effective Dec 21 1956 - Bus segregation declared illegal - The boycotts succeeded in desegregating public facilities in the South and also in obtaining civil rights legislation from Congress Civil Rights Timeline Sept 24 1957 - May 2 1963 Sept 24 1957 - School integration - In September 1957 the state received national attention when Gov Orval E Faubus in office 1955-67 tried to prevent the integration of Little Rock Central High School President Dwight D Eisenhower quickly intervened in part by sending federal troops to Little Rock and
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