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Martin Luther King, Jr.

Timeline: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Part I: Youth

by David Johnson
1929 1948 1951 1953 1954 1955 Next: Early Activism
1929

Martin Luther King, Jr., is born in Atlanta to teacher Alberta King and Baptist minister Michael Luther King.

1944

Graduates high school at age 15, enters Morehouse College shortly thereafter.

1948

Receives BA in sociology from Morehouse College at age 19.

1951

Receives degree from Crozer Theological Seminary (Chester, Pa.), enrolls in Boston University Ph.D program.

1953

Marries New England Conservatory music student Coretta Scott; they eventually have four children.

1954

Becomes minister of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama.

1955

Receives Ph.D in systematic theology from Boston University.



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