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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

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


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


Receives BA in sociology from Morehouse College at age 19.


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


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


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


Receives Ph.D in systematic theology from Boston University.

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