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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