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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

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


King's house is bombed

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


King helps found Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).


Writes Stride Toward Freedom, about the bus boycott.


Visits India to study nonviolence and civil disobedience.


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

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