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Martin Luther King, Jr.

Timeline: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Part II: Early Activism

by David Johnson
1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 Next: National Figure
1955

The 26-year-old King leads boycott of segregated Montgomery buses, gains national reputation.

1956

King's house is bombed

U.S. Supreme Court ruling prompts Montgomery to desegregate buses.

1957

King helps found Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).

1958

Writes Stride Toward Freedom, about the bus boycott.

1959

Visits India to study nonviolence and civil disobedience.

1960

Joins his father as co-pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.



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