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Timeline: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Part V: The Legacy

by David Johnson
1968 1980 2006 Back to the Beginning
1968

Coretta Scott King founds the King Center in Atlanta.

1969

IP James Earl Ray pleads guilty to King's murder, receives 99-year sentence.

1980

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site established in Atlanta, includes his birthplace, Ebenezer Church, and the King Center.

1985

Coretta Scott King and three of her children are arrested while protesting apartheid outside the South African embassy in Washington, D.C.

1986

The Federal Martin Luther King holiday is first celebrated.

2006

Coretta Scott King makes the last speech of her life at a "Salute to Greatness" dinner on 14 January. The dinner is part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrations in Atlanta, Georgia. King died seventeen days later on 31 January from respiratory failure due to complications after a recent serious stroke and cancer.



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