Here's a look at the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Personal: Birth date: January 15, 1929
Death date: April 4, 1968
Birth place: Atlanta, Georgia
Birth name: Michael Luther King, Jr.
Father: Michael "Martin" Luther King, Sr., Baptist minister
Mother: Alberta (Williams) King
Marriage: Coretta (Scott) King (June 18, 1953 - April 4, 1968, his death)
Children: Bernice, March 28, 1963; Dexter, January 30, 1961; Martin III, October 23, 1957; Yolanda, November 17, 1955 - May 15, 2007
Education: Morehouse College, B.A., 1948; Crozer Theological Seminary, B.D., 1951; Boston University, Ph.D., 1955
Other Facts: King was called Martin or M.L. from a young age.
Youngest person, at the time, to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Author of five books published from 1958 through 1968, works on American race relations and collections of his sermons and lectures.
According to the King Center, Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech is 17 minutes long.
Timeline: 1948 - Is ordained as a Baptist minister
1954 - Becomes minister of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.
December 1, 1955 - Seamstress and civil rights activist Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus to a white man, sparking the year-long Montgomery bus boycott. Within days, the Montgomery Improvement Association is founded to coordinate the boycott. King is elected president of the organization.
January 30, 1956 - King's house is bombed while he is at a meeting. His wife and daughter, home at the time, are uninjured.
1956 - After the U.S. Supreme Court rules that bus segregation laws are unconstitutional, the Montgomery boycott ends. King emerges as a national civil rights leader.
1957 - The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) is established in Atlanta, with King as president.
1960 - Moves from Montgomery to Atlanta and becomes co-pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church with his father.
April 1963 - King is arrested for leading a march in Birmingham, Alabama. While in solitary confinement he writes an essay entitled "Letter from Birmingham Jail."
August 28, 1963 - During the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, King delivers his famous "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The demonstration is attended by more than 250,000 people.
1963 - Is named Time magazine's Man of the Year.
July 2, 1964 - King stands behind President Lyndon B. Johnson as Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.