Martin Luther King Jr. 1929-1968
Martin's real name was
Martin Luther King Jr was born and raised in Atlanta.
He was assassinated in Memphis.
Reverend King was a
Baptist minister and led the civil rights movement.
Martin Luther King's wife was
Coretta Scott King. She died January 31, 2006 age 78.
On April 7, 1957, Martin Luther King
delivered his sermon entitled
The Birth of a New Nation at Dexter Avenue Baptist
Church in Montgomery, Alabama.
On September 20, 1958, Izola Ware
Curry stabbed King with a letter opener at one of King's book
signings in Manhattan, New York. King was rushed to a hospital and
On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr and others led a civil
rights march on Washington D.C. There he gave his famous
I Have a Dream speech. The official name of this event was
the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
I HAVE A DREAM
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AT WASHINGTON D.C.
Martin Luther King was awarded the
Nobel Peace Prize in
1964. On December 10, 1964, he delivered his
Acceptance Speech in Oslo, Norway.
On April 4, 1967, MLK made officially
clear that he was against the
when he delivered his
A Time to Break Silence speech in NYC.
On April 3, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr
visited Mason Temple Church in Memphis, Tennessee, where he
Seen the Promised Land speech. This speech is also called
the I've Been to the Mountaintop speech. As it turned out,
this discourse was given the night before he died.
ASSASSINATION OF MARTIN LUTHER KING
Reverend Martin Luther King was shot on the balcony of his hotel
room, the Lorraine Motel, in Memphis, Tennessee, by James Earl
Ray on April 4, 1968.
Using a 30.06 Remington 760 Gamemaster
rifle with a Redfield 2x7 scope, James Earl Ray shot from a bathroom
window at Bessie Brewer's rooming house about 300 feet away. He
fired just one shot and hit King in the jaw. King died in the St
On the evening of April 4, 1968, Robert
F. Kennedy gave his
speech on the death of Martin Luther King Jr.
On May 18, 1968, James Earl Ray was captured at
Heathrow Airport, England.
JAMES EARL RAY
In 1998, Ray died in prison.
In December 1999, a Tennessee jury
decided King was the victim of a murder conspiracy.
Assassinations in History.
Luther King Jr Timeline
See also the
Human Rights in History