It is impossible to tell everything about Martin Luther King on one website, but this short biography presents some of the most interesting highlights of his life. And each month we will look back at an important moment that took place exactly 50 years ago.

As background, we also offer a brief history of the African-American community, the early civil rights movement and Martin Luther King’s fellow activists.

Part 1: Childhood, early life and student days (1929-1954)

Part 2: From the Montgomery bus boycott (1955) to I Have a Dream (1963)

Part 3: From dream to reality (1963-1968)