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1 Martin Luther King, Jr. Timeline of Key Events in the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

2 This 16 page Martin Luther King Jr. timeline cut-out is an exercise in chronological order. It can be used as a center activity or to create a display. Many different activities, based on students level, can be created from the timeline. Exercises for Chronological Order 1. Mix up cut-outs and have each student select one. Call on students to read cards and stand in front of room. Each student determines where they should stand based on date on their card and dates on cards of students already standing. 2. Have students use the cut-outs to create their own timeline and insert related images to support the events in their timeline.

3 January 15, 1929 Martin Luther King Jr. is born in Atlanta, Georgia. April 17, 1944 Martin Luther King Jr wins an oratory contest in Dublin, Georgia for his speech The Negro and the Constitution. September 20, 1944 Martin Luther King Jr. begins attending Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. June 8, 1948 Martin Luther King Jr. graduates from Morehouse College. September 14, 1948 Martin Luther King Jr. enters Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania. May 8, 1951 Martin Luther King Jr. receives a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Crozer Theological Seminary.

4 September 13, 1951 Martin Luther King Jr. begins attending Boston University s School of Theology in Boston Massachusetts. June 5, 1955 Martin Luther King Jr. receives doctorate degree in theology from Boston University. June 18, 1953 Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott get married in Marion, Alabama. October 31, 1954 Martin Luther King Jr. becomes pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. December 1, 1955 November 17, 1954 Martin Luther King s daughter Yolanda Denise is born. Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama She is arrested for violating segregation laws.

5 December 5, 1955 Martin Luther King Jr is elected head of the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA), the group formed to organize the Montgomery bus boycott. January 26, 1956 The city of Montgomery instituted a Get Tough campaign against the bus boycotters and Martin Luther King Jr. is arrested and jailed for speeding. January 30, 1956 Martin Luther King s home is bombed. February 21, 1956 Martin Luther King Jr. and other MIA leaders are indicted for violating anti-boycott law. November 13, 1956 The United States Supreme Court declares bus segregation laws unconstitutional. December 21, 1956 The Montgomery Improvement Association ends the boycott and Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the first passengers to ride desegregated buses.

6 February 14, 1957 Martin Luther King Jr. becomes head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). October 23, 1957 Martin Luther King III is born. June 23, 1958 Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders meet with President Eisenhower. September 3, 1958 Martin Luther King Jr is arrested in Montgomery, Alabama. September 5, 1958 Martin Luther King Jr. is convicted for failing to obey a police officer. His fine is paid by the Montgomery police commissioner. February 1, 1960 Martin Luther King Jr. and his family move to Atlanta, Georgia.

7 February 1, 1960 The lunch counter sit-in movement begins in Greensboro, North Carolina. October 19, 1960 Martin Luther King, Jr. is arrested at an Atlanta sit-in. January 30, 1961 Martin Luther King s son Dexter Scott is born. December 15, 1961 Martin Luther King Jr. goes to Albany, Georgia to support residents in their efforts to end segregation. December 16, 1961 Martin Luther King Jr. is arrested with more than 700 Albany protesters. March 28, 1963 Martin Luther King s daughter, Bernice Albertine, is born.

8 April 3, 1963 The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights launch a protest campaign in Birmingham, Alabama. April 12, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. is arrested for violating a state circuit court injunction against protests. April 15, 1963 President Kennedy calls Coretta Scott King and expresses concern for her jailed husband. April 16, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. writes his now famous Letter from a Birmingham Jail. April 20, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. is released from jail. May 11, 1963 Segregationists bomb the Gaston Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. is staying in Birmingham, Alabama.

9 June 11, 1963 President Kennedy makes a civil rights speech asking for legislation giving all Americans the right to be served in facilities which are open to the public and for greater protection for the right to vote. June 22, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. meets with President Kennedy. August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. makes his I Have a Dream speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. September 15, 1963 Four black girls are killed in Sunday school at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama September 19, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders meet with President Kennedy. November 22, 1963 President Kennedy is assassinated and Lyndon B. Johnson becomes president.

10 July 2, 1964 President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of Martin Luther King Jr. attends the signing ceremony. July 21, 1964 Martin Luther King Jr. goes to Mississippi to assist in the civil rights efforts there. August 22, 1964 Martin Luther King Jr. testifies at the Democratic convention on behalf of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party December 10, 1964 Martin Luther King Jr. receives the Nobel Peace Prize February 1, 1965 Martin Luther King Jr. is jailed with more than two hundred others after voting rights march in Selma, Alabama March 7, 1965 Voting rights marchers, going from Selma, Alabama to the state capitol in Montgomery, are beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

11 March 25, 1965 The 54 mile Selma to Montgomery march for voting rights concludes with Martin Luther King Jr. giving his How Long, Not Long speech. December 4, 1967 Martin Luther King Jr. and the SCLC launch the Poor People s Campaign to bring attention to those in need. March 18, 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. speaks to striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee March 28, 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. leads a Memphis, Tennessee march that is disrupted by violence. April 3, 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. makes his last speech. April 4, 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

12 November 2, 1983 President Ronald Reagan signs Public Law making the third Monday in January a federal holiday to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. January 20, 1986 The first official celebration of Martin Luther King Day as a national holiday.

13 Edmund Pettus Bridge Selma, Alabama Dr. King and Civil Rights Leaders meeting with President Eisenhower Dexter Avenue Baptist Church Montgomery, Alabama Gaston Motel Birmingham, Alabama President Johnson signing Civil Rights Act of 1964

14 President John F. Kennedy Lorraine Motel Memphis, Tennessee Coretta Scott King Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at March on Washington

15 Rosa Parks and Marting Luther King Jr. President Kennedy meeting with leaders of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom Selma to Montgomery marchers Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Birmingham, Alabama March on Washington

16 President Ronald Reagan signing bill making Dr. King s birthday a federal holiday House where Martin Luther King Jr. was born Atlanta, Georgia Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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18 Chronological Order Order the dates on the lines below On June 22, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. met with President Kennedy. On December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus. On November 2, 1983, Martin Luther King Day became a federal holiday. On June 8, 1948, Martin Luther King, Jr. graduated from Morehouse College. On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. made his I Have a Dream speech. On December 10, 1964, Martin Luther King, Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize. On April 17, 1944, Martin Luther King, Jr. won an oratory contest. On July 2, 1964, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of Date Order

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