Martin Luther King Jr's Achievements
The King family -- Martin Luther King, Sr. (Daddy King), Alberta Williams King, Willie Christine King, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Alfred Daniel Williams King (known as A. D. King) -- moves from 501 Auburn Avenue to 193 Boulevard in Atlanta.
The Atlanta Constitution publishes King’s letter to the editor stating that black people "are entitled to the basic rights and opportunities of American citizens." Read the Letter Here https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/kick-dust-letter-editor-atlanta-constitution
King is ordained and appointed assistant pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
King receives his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Morehouse College.
King begins his studies at Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania.President Harry Truman issues Executive Order 9981 to end segregation in the Armed Services.
King and Coretta Scott are married at the Scott home near Marion, Alabama.
King begins his pastorate at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.Brown v. Board of Education, a consolidation of five cases into one, is decided by the Supreme Court, effectively ending racial segregation in public schools. Many schools, however, remained segregated.
King is awarded his doctorate in systematic theology from Boston University.
Yolanda Denise King, the Kings’ first child, is born.
Jo Ann Robinson and other Women’s Political Council members mimeograph thousands of leaflets calling for a one-day boycott of the city’s buses on Monday, 5 December.
At a mass meeting at Holt Street Baptist Church, the Montgomery Improvement Association(MIA) is formed. King becomes its president.
King leads a march of six thousand protesters in support of striking sanitation workers in Memphis. The march descends into violence and looting, and King is rushed from the scene.
King returns to Memphis, determined to lead a peaceful march. During an evening rally at Mason Temple in Memphis, King delivers his final speech, "I’ve Been to the Mountaintop."
King is shot and killed while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.
Governor Winthrop Rockefeller hosts the first vigil honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. King is buried in Atlanta.