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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