Martin Luther King Jr Biography Analysis
The U.S. Congress passed the first Civil Rights Act since reconstruction. King's first book, Stride Toward Freedom, is published.
On a speaking tour, Martin Luther King, Jr. is nearly killed when stabbed by an assailant in Harlem. Met with President Dwight D. Eisenhower, along with Roy Wilkins, A. Philip Randolph, and Lester Grange on problems affecting black Americans. | 1959 |
Visited India to study Mohandas Gandhi's 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 co-pastor with his father at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
Lunch counter sit-ins began in Greensboro, North Carolina. In Atlanta, King is arrested during a sit-in waiting to be served at a restaurant. He is sentenced to four months in jail, but after intervention by John Kennedy and Robert Kennedy, he is …show more content…
After President Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act into law, Martin Luther King, Jr. turns to socioeconomic problems. | 1966 |
On January 22, King moves into a Chicago slum tenement to attract attention to the living conditions of the poor.
In June, King and others begin the March Against Fear through the South.
On July 10, King initiates a campaign to end discrimination in housing, employment, and schools in Chicago. | 1967 |
The Supreme Court upholds a conviction of MLK by a Birmingham court for demonstrating without a permit. King spends four days in Birmingham jail.
On November 27, King announces the inception of the Poor People's Campaign focusing on jobs and freedom for the poor of all races. | 1968 |
King announces that the Poor People's Campaign will culminate in a March on Washington demanding a $12 billion Economic Bill of Rights guaranteeing employment to the able-bodied, incomes to those unable to work, and an end to housing discrimination.
Dr. King marches in support of sanitation workers on strike in Memphis, Tennessee.
On March 28, King lead a march that turns violent. This was the first time one of his events had turned