Brandi Perez

Martin Luther King, Jr.

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day that we celebrated yesterday, I wanted to post a few less commonly known facts about the civil rights leader’s life that History.com posted. (To read the full article for more specifics on each fact go to http://www.history.com/news/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-martin-luther-king-jr)

  1. King’s birth name was Michael, not Martin. 
  2. King entered college at the age of 15.
  3. King received his doctorate in systematic theology.
  4. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech was not his first at the Lincoln Memorial.
  5. King was imprisoned nearly 30 times.
  6. King narrowly escaped an assassination attempt a decade before his death.
  7. King’s last public speech foretold his death.
  8. Members of King’s family did not believe James Earl Ray acted alone.
  9. King’s mother was also slain by a bullet.
  10. George Washington is the only other American to have had his birthday observed as a national holiday.
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