5 Interesting Facts about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
His mother, Alberta Williams King, was also murdered. She was killed while attending church in Atlanta in 1974 by Marcus Wayne Chenault, who believed “all Christians are my enemies”. He shot and killed her while she was playing organ at the church.
There are only two other people in American history that have a national holiday in their honor, George Washington and Christopher Columbus.
Today over 700 streets in the Unites States are named after Martin Luther King Jr., with one such street in almost every major city. This is not even counting the amazing number of buildings, schools, and the like named after him.
King’s birth name was Michael, not Martin. The civil rights leader was born Michael King Jr. on January 15, 1929. In 1934, however, his father, a pastor at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, traveled to Germany and became inspired by the Protestant Reformation leader Martin Luther. As a result, King Sr. changed his own name as well as that of his 5-year-old son.
King Jr. skipped two grades in high school, 9th and 11th, and entered college (Moorehouse College) at the tender age of 15 in 1944. By 19, he received a bachelor’s degree in sociology.
Klein, Christopher. “10 Things You May Not Know About Martin Luther King Jr. “ History.com, 4 April 2013.
“20 Interesting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Facts” todayifoundout.com, 18 January 2013.
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