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January 15 - Martin Luther King, Jr. is born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Martin Luther King, Sr. and Alberta Williams King.
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Celebrate King's birthday by learning more about him
The Post Standard, January 15, 1998

December 1 - Rosa Parks, an African American seamstress, refuses to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. She is arrested for disregarding the municipal segregation ordinance.
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Arrest May Bring Court Test of Dixie
City's Bus Segregation

The Bridgeport Telegram, December 6, 1955

December 5 - Rosa Parks receives $14 fine in police court while thousands of African Americans boycott Montgomery, Alabama bus lines in protest. Martin Luther King, Jr. is elected president of the Montgomery Improvement Association.
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Negroes Boycott Busses in
Protest to Segregation Move

Dixon Evening Telegraph, December 6, 1955

January 30 - A bomb is thrown at the King home in Montgomery. Mrs. King and baby Yolanda are in the house at the time, but no one is hurt.
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24 Ministers Held in Bus Boycott Plot
The Newark Advocate, February 23, 1956

June 13 - Martin Luther King, Jr. meets with Vice President Richard M. Nixon.
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Vice President Strategically Placed to Help
Reno Evening Gazette, June 13, 1957

September 20 - Dr. King is stabbed by Izola Curry in Harlem, New York, while King autographs his new book.
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Woman Stabs Rev. King
The Post Standard, September 21, 1958

June 24 - King meets with presidential candidate John F. Kennedy about racial issues.
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Negro Leader Says Demonstrations Are Planned for Both Conventions
The Coshocton Tribune, June 25, 1960

October 19 - King is arrested for violating Georgia's trespassing law during an Atlanta sit-in.
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Jail 36 Negro Demonstrators At Atlanta
Stevens Point Daily Journal, October 20, 1960

April 16 - Martin Luther King, Jr. writes Letter From a Birmingham Jail after he was arrested for sit-in demonstrations held in Birmingham, Alabama.
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JFK Action Taken For King's Wife
The Daily Times News, April 16, 1963

August 28 - King delivers his I Have A Dream speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
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King's Plea - 'Let Freedom Ring'
The Oakland Tribune, August 29, 1963

September 18 - Dr. King meetings with Pope Paul VI.
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King Expects Papal Word on Civil Rights
The Valley Independent, September 19, 1964

Martin Luther King, Jr. receives the Nobel Peace Prize.
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King Awarded Nobel Prize
The Newark Advocate, October 14, 1964

April 3 - King makes his last speech at the Memphis Masonic Temple.
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King returns to Memphis for Friday march
The Valley Independent, April 3, 1968

April 4 - Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.
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Sheer Force of Spirit Helped Alter History
The Oakland Tribune, April 5, 1968

April 9 - Dr. King is buried in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Thousands at King Funeral
The Valley Independent, April 9, 1968

January 18 - President Ronald Reagan declares the third Monday in January a public holiday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Syracuse Herald Journal, January 19, 1986
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The Post Standard
January 15, 1998

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February 23, 1956


The Post Standard
September 21, 1958


The Oakland Tribune
April 5, 1968


The Valley Independent
April 9, 1968


Syracuse Herald Journal
January 19, 1986


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