Martin Luther King Jr. is Stabbed in New York
*On this date in 1958, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was nearly fatally stabbed to death.
While signing copies of his first book Stride Toward Freedom, a woman named Izola Ware Curry stabbed King with a letter opener in Blumsteins Department store in New York City.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is Assassinated
*This date marks the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.
He was shot to death at the Loraine motel in Memphis, TN. He was there to support striking Black garbage workers. News of the assassination resulted in an outpouring of sorrow and anger all over the world. Riots broke out in more than 100 American cities.
In 1969, James Earl Ray pled guilty to the murder, though many believe he did not act alone.
Martin Luther King Jr., Minister, and Visionary born
This date marks the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1929. He was an African American minister and activist.
Martin Luther King Jr. Is Denied To Preach In Chicago
On this date in 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., had gone to Chicago, and found that no church would let him preach.
These houses of worship said he was too a radical a minister. Friendship Baptist Church, 5200 W. Jackson, on Chicago’s West side, did allow King to speak, where he addressed civil rights! Reverend Shelvin J. Hall was the church’s minister at the time.
I May Not Get There with You;
The True Martin Luther King Jr.
by Michael Eric Dyson
Copyright, 2000 The Free Press
Martin Luther King Jr. Writes the “Letter Frome a Birmingham Jail”
On this date in 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was jailed in Birmingham, Alabama.
While incarcerated there, he wrote, smuggled out of jail, and had printed his “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” a moving justification for the moral necessity of non-violent resistance to unjust laws.
Martin Luther King Jr. Delivers His Last Speech
*On this date in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the following speech; one that would be his last speech. It was in support of the striking sanitation workers at Mason Temple in Memphis, TN. the day before he was assassinated.
Here is a transcript of his speech:
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Celebrated
*In honor of Martin Luther King Day which was first celebrated in 1986, we have the text of his speech I have a Dream. The Martin Luther King Day Bill was enacted in 1983. This speech by King was delivered on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963.
The Ground is Broken for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
On this date in 2006, the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Martin Luther King Jr., National Memorial in Washington, D.C., took place.
To be located on the National Mall (Independence Avenue and West Basin Drive) it was planned by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity to be constructed as a permanent testament to African American civil rights leader and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity member Martin Luther King, Jr. The memorial will have three underlying themes: justice, democracy, and hope highlighted by the use of water, stone, and trees throughout the memorial.
Martin Luther King Jr. is awarded The Nobel Peace Prize
On this date in 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was awarded The Nobel Peace Prize.
Dr. King, who was 35, was the youngest man, the second American, and the third Black man awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Martin Luther King Jr. Awarded The Nobel Peace Prize
*On this date in 1964, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. The (then) 35-year-old African American leader won for his ‘‘consistent support’’ of the principle of nonviolence in the Negro campaign for civil rights. He said he would use the 273,000 Swedish crowns prize (about $53,000) to strengthen the civil rights campaign in the United States.