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3/23/1968 12:00:00 AM - 1st Non-voting Congressional Delegate

Rev. Walter Fauntroy, a former aide of Martin Luther King Jr., became the first nonvoting congressional delegate from the District of Columbia since the Reconstruction period.
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4/3/1963 12:00:00 AM - Anti-Segregation Campaign

Martin Luther King Jr. opened anti-segregation campaign in Birmingham. More than two thousand demonstrators, including King, were arrested before the campaign ended.
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6/8/1968 12:00:00 AM - Assassin of M.L.K. Captured

James Earl Ray, alleged assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., captured at London airport.
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4/11/1972 12:00:00 AM - Benjamin L. Hooks

Benjamin L. Hooks, a Memphis lawyer-minister, becomes the first African American named to the Federal Communications Commission.
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3/28/1984 12:00:00 AM - Benjamin Mays, President of Morehouse College

Benjamin Mays, President of Morehouse College, dies.
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4/8/1872 12:00:00 AM - Birthday

Ruth Gaines-Shelton Born April 8, 1872. African- American Playwright born at Glasgow, MO. Best known for prize winning comedy The Church Fight, which was published in Crisis (a publication of NAACP) in May of 1926.
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3/31/1948 12:00:00 AM - Black Youths Urged to Resit Induction

A. Phillip Randolph told Senate Armed Services Committee that unless segregation and discrimination were banned in draft programs he would urge Black youths to resist induction by civil disobedience.
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4/4/1967 12:00:00 AM - Civil Rights

April 4, 1967. Speaking before the Overseas Press Club in New York City, Revered Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, announced his opposition to the Vietnam War.
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3/7/1965 12:00:00 AM - Civil Rights March in Alabama

Through the 25th, Alabama state troopers and sheriff's deputies dispersed Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march with tear gas and billy clubs, Three white Unitarian ministers, including Rev. James J. Reeb, attacked on streets of Selma, Alabama. Reeb, who was participating in civil rights demonstrations, died later in Birmingham hospital.
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4/5/1976 12:00:00 AM - COINTELPRO

FBI documents, released in response to a freedom of information suit, revealed that the government mounted an intensive campaign against civil rights organizations in the sixties. In a letter dated August 25, 1967, the FBI said the government operation, called COINTELPRO, was designed "to expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit or otherwise neutralize the activities of Black nationalists, hate-type groups, their leadership, spokesmen, membership and supporters, and to counter their propensity for violence and civil disorders." A later telegram specifically named the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference as organizations having "radical and violence prone leaders, members and followers."
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3/3/1968 12:00:00 AM - COINTELPRO Memorandum

A memorandum sent to field offices of the FBI set goals for what was termed as a new "counterintelligence program" against African American Nationalist groups. The objective was to block attempts by targeted groups to coalesce, grow and exist. The agencey believed unity was the "first step toward a Mau-Mau-style uprising" in the United States and the beginning of an "Black Revolution." The FBI hierarchy further believed their efforts would prevent the rise of a "Black Messiah" who could unify and "electrify" the masses. Top candidates for this leadership position were Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
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4/27/1927 12:00:00 AM - Coretta Scott is born

Coretta Scott is born in Marion, Ala. She will marry Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1953 and be an integral part of his civil rights activities. After his assassination in 1968, she will continue her civil rights activities, founding the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Change in Atlanta, Ga.
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5/16/1979 12:00:00 AM - Death of Asa Philip Randolph (90), labor leader

Death of Asa Philip Randolph (90), labor leader and civil rights pioneer, in New York.
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4/9/1968 12:00:00 AM - Events After Martin Luther King Jr's Death

Martin Luther King Jr. buried after funeral services at Ebenezer Baptist Church and memorial services at Morehouse College, Atlanta. More than 300,000 persons marched behind the coffin of the slain leader which was carried through streets of Atlanta on farm wagon pulled by two Georgia mules. Scores of national dignitaries, including Vice-President Humphrey, attended funeral. CORE and the Fellowship of Reconciliation sent twenty-three dignitaries. Ralph David Abernathy elected to succeed King as head of Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
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6/5/1955 12:00:00 AM - Graduation

In 1955, Martin Luther King Jr. is awarded his doctorate from Boston University.
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4/11/1990 12:00:00 AM - Idahao Recognizes MLK Holiday

Idaho became the 47th state to recognize Jan. 15 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and as a national holiday.
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3/28/1968 12:00:00 AM - Interruption of Protest March

Race riot in Memphis, Tenn. interrupted protest march led by Martin Luther King Jr. in support of striking sanitation workers. National Guard called up.
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3/19/1975 12:00:00 AM - James B. Parsons

James B. Parsons becomes the first African American chief judge of a federal court, the U.S. District Court of Chicago. In 1961, Parsons became the first African American district court judge
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8/13/1911 12:00:00 AM - James B. Parsons, first African American ap

James B. Parsons, first African American appointed to a lifetime federal judgeship in the U.S. (1961) , born
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3/10/1969 12:00:00 AM - James Earl Ray pleaded guilty to killing M.L.K.

James Earl Ray pleaded guilty in a Memphis court to charges of killing Martin Luther King Jr. He was sentenced to ninety-nine years in prison. The House Select Committee on Assassinations said later that Ray fired the shot that killed King but that he was probably one element in a larger conspiracy.
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3/7/1965 12:00:00 AM - Marchers led by Martin Luther King

Thousands of marchers, led by Martin Luther King Jr. completed first leg of five-day Selma-to-Montgomery march. Marchers were protected by federalized Alabama National Guardsmen and U.S. Army troops. Selma-to-Montgomery march ended with rally of some fifty thousands at Alabama capitol. One of the marchers, a white civil rights worker named Viola Liuzzo, was shot to death on U.S. Highway after the rally by white terrorists. Three Klansmen were convicted of violating her civil rights and sentenced to ten years in prison.
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6/6/1966 12:00:00 AM - Marches for the right to vote

James Meredith wounded by white sniper as he walked along U.S. Highway 51 near Hernando, Mississippi, on second day of 220-mile voter registration march from Memphis to Jackson. March was continued on June 7 by Martin Luther King Jr., Floyd McKissick, Stokely Carmichael and other civil rights workers. It ended on June 26 with rally of some thirty thousand at Mississippi state capitol. During the three-week march, Carmichael launched the Black Power movement.
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1/17/1966 12:00:00 AM - Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King Jr. opened campaign in Chicago.
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7/10/1962 12:00:00 AM - Martin Luther King Jr. arrested

Martin Luther King Jr. arrested during demonstration in Albany, Georgia.
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6/8/1953 12:00:00 AM - Martin Luther King Jr. Marries

In 1953, King, Sr., performs the marriage ceremony of King, Jr., and Coretta Scott at the Scott home near Marion, Alabama.
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6/26/1967 12:00:00 AM - Martin Luther King was denied freedom of speech!

When martin Luther King came to chicago in the late 60's, no church would let him speak, but one! All the others said he was a radial preacher. Friendship Baptist Church on Chicago's westside allowed Rev. L. King to speak about civil rights!Rev Shelvin J. Hall showed no fear and allowed King to speak! I know because it's in all of our church's history books.I attend Friendship Baptist Church.
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4/12/1960 12:00:00 AM - Martin Luther King, Jr

Martin Luther King, Jr. denounced Vietnam War which he said was "rapidly degenerating into a sordid military adventure."
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5/5/1969 12:00:00 AM - Moneta Sleet becomes the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize for his

Moneta Sleet becomes the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize for his photograph of Mrs. Martin Luther King, Jr. and her daughter at her husband's funeral
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3/4/1968 12:00:00 AM - Poor People's Campaign

Martin Luther King, Jr. announced plans for Poor People's Campaign in Washington. He said he would lead a massive civil disobedience campaign in the capital to pressure the government to provide jobs and income for all Americans. He told a press conference that an army of poor white, poor Blacks and Hispanics would converge on Washington on April 20 and would demonstrate until their demands were met.
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5/2/1963 12:00:00 AM - Protestors Arrested in Birmingham

An established 2,543 African American and white civil rights demonstrators protesting segregation were arrested and jailed in Birmingham, Alabama.
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4/17/1990 12:00:00 AM - Ralph Abernathy dies

Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, keystone of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and aide to Dr. Martin Luther King, died of heart failure.
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3/11/1926 12:00:00 AM - Rev. Ralph David Abernathy born

The Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, aide to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Southern Christian Leadership Conference figure, was born in Linden, Alabama.
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2/1/1965 12:00:00 AM - Selma Demonstration Ends in 700 Arrests

More than seven hundred demonstrators, including Martin Luther King Jr., arrested in Selma.
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3/21/1965 12:00:00 AM - Selma March begins

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. leads thousands of people on a 54 mile march from Selma to Montgomery Alabama to call for voting rights for African Americans.
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3/25/1965 12:00:00 AM - Selma March completed

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. along with other notable civil rights leaders and thousands of supporters reach Montgomery Alabama after marching 4 days from Selma.
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6/19/1968 12:00:00 AM - Solidarity Day March of Poor People's Campaign

Fifty thousand demonstrators participated in Solidarity Day March of Poor People's Campaign. Marchers walked from Washington Monument to Lincoln Monument, where they were addressed by Vice-president Humphrey, presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy, Coretta Scott King and Ralph Abernathy.
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2/13/1957 12:00:00 AM - Southern Christian Leadership Conference organized

Southern Christian Leadership Conference organized at New Orleans meeting with Martin Luther King Jr. as president.
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2/11/1971 12:00:00 AM - Whitney Young Jr., National Urban League director,

Whitney M. Young, Jr. was Executive Director of the National Urban League from 1961 until his tragic, untimely death in 1971. He worked tireless to bring the races together, and joined the tenets of social work, of which he was an outstanding practitioner, to the social activism that brought the Urban League into the forefront of the civil rights arena. Whitney was constantly in search of solutions to the racism that plagued Americans and caused black Americans to be regulated to second-class citizenship in the land they fought and died for. A relentless advocate for the poor, he visited rural and urban communities and advocated their cause to the nation. He was a close advisor to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, and conferred with President Nixon; helping to shape the policies of three administrations and playing a major role in the development of the War on Poverty. He was a key figure in bringing the now-legendary 1963 March on Washington to fruition; and was a major force in bringing black leadership together in a united front for progress. Whitney’s eloquent testimony before Congressional committees and his poweful appeals to business, professional and civic leaders helped create an environment in which African Americans forged ahead to win new opportunities
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