Martin Luther King, Jr. Wed, Jan 17, 2018
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)
- King’s birth name was Michael, not Martin.
- King entered college at the age of 15.
- King received his doctorate in systematic theology.
- King’s “I Have a Dream” speech was not his first at the Lincoln Memorial.
- King was imprisoned nearly 30 times.
- King narrowly escaped an assassination attempt a decade before his death.
- King’s last public speech foretold his death.
- Members of King’s family did not believe James Earl Ray acted alone.
- King’s mother was also slain by a bullet.
- George Washington is the only other American to have had his birthday observed as a national holiday.