MLK Jr. at a Glance

Happy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday we will be honoring one of our nation’s most respected civil rights leaders, Martin Luther King Jr. King worked wonders in all parts of the country, bringing people together to fight, peacefully, for equality for everyone. He is known best for his leadership in the peaceful protests in the south (mostly Alabama) and the march on Washington D.C., which paved the way for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

While I’m sure we all enjoy the day off work or school in his honor, we should probably take a moment to remember the man, not the free time. So, here are some “fun” facts about Mr. King

  • MLK Jr. Day is always observed on the 3rd Monday of January, due to its nearness to his actual birthday on January 15th.

  • His birth name was actually Michael Luther King, but had it changed to Martin.

  • King was a brilliant student, graduating from high school and entering Morehouse College at 15, receiving his Bachelor’s degree at 19, attending Crozer Theological Seminary for 3 years, and eventually receiving a graduate fellowship at Boston University from which he received a doctorate in 1955 (age 25).

  • His wife’s name is Coretta and he had four children: Yolanda, Martin Luther King III, Dexter Scott, and Bernice.

  • The first protest King “led” was the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Which was set in motion by Rosa Park’s act of defiance.

  • Until his death, King led the Southern Christian Leadership Conference which he helped found.

  • King got his ideas for peaceful protest after observing and participating in “sit-ins” and the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi

  • He was assassinated on April 4th, 1968 while standing on a hotel balcony in Memphis, TN. The shooter was James Earl Ray, who was caught and died in prison in 1998. King was there to participate in a labor strike for sanitation workers.

  • The “I Have a Dream” speech was given at the close of the March on Washington in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial.

  • King received the Nobel Peace Prize for his works with civil rights in 1964. He was 35, making him the youngest person to have received this award.

  • Letter from Birmingham Jail” is just one of King’s many published works. He has at least 5 books published as well as numerous articles.

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One response to “MLK Jr. at a Glance

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