Martin Luther King, Jr. played a key role in the American civil rights movement until his assassination in 1968, He was a Baptist minister and a human rights activist who sought equality for black Americans. He is considered one of the great leaders of our times, who advocated for peaceful activism. You may know already, a lot about him, but here are 30 Interesting Martin Luther King Facts you might be unaware of!
Interesting Facts About Martin Luther King Jr:
- The civil rights icon was born on January 15, 1929, Atlanta, Georgia, Us.
- He was originally named Michael, it was later that his father traveled to Germany and named his son after Protestant Reformist Leader Martin Luther! King Sr changed his and his 5-year-old son’s name.
- He is referred to by his initials MLK by many.
- King enrolled in college at the young age of 15! He was a bright lad who skipped grades and in 1944 enrolled in Morehouse College!
- Martin Luther King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
- He had a bachelors in sociology and a Ph.D in theology
- Martin Luther King had experienced racism at just six years old when he was forbidden to play with his white friends by their father.
- He was greatly influenced by Mohandas Gandhi, who led the peaceful protests against the Britishers who had occupied India.
- His favorite song was “Take My Hand, Precious Lord.”
- Martin Luther King became prominent in 1955 for his role in organizing a bus boycott.
- He played a key role in passing civil rights act’s which outlawed racial segregation in America.
- Martin Luther King was imprisoned 30 times!
- He gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963 at rally named ‘March on Washington’ in front of 250,000 people.
- Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964, a year after his iconic “I have a dream” speech.
- Martin was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.
- He was assassinated in 1968, where he gave a speech a day before, In Tennessee.
- He was murdered by James Earl Ray, a career criminal.
- A statue built in his memory in Washington D.C
- The motel where he was killed, is now the National Civil Rights Museum.
- In United States More more than 730 streets have been named after Martin Luther King, Jr.
- His favorite song “Take My Hand, Precious Lord.” was played at his funeral.
- Martin Luther King Jr Day is a Holiday observed on the third Monday of January, around the day he was he was born, January 15.
- In the US only three people have a national holiday: Christopher Columbus, George Washington, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
- The Holiday celebrates the life Martin Luther King Jr who fought systematic racial segregation amongst the black and white, which existed back then.
- George Washington and Martin Luther King Jr are the only Americans whose birthday are declared national holiday’s.
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