1. His birth name was Michael.
The civil rights activist was born Michael King Jr on January 15, 1929. His father was 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.
2. He was the youngest person at the time to receive a Nobel Peace Prize.
Martin Luther King Jr was just 35 years old When he received a Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through non-violence. The record stayed until 2014 when young Malala Yousfazi won the same, bagging the youngest title.
3. The most famous line of his speech was not planned.
Martin Luther King Jr. added the “I have a dream” line during his speech, it was improvised.
4. He was jailed 29 times.
He was arrested for acts of civil disobedience as well as for such things as “loitering” and minor traffic violations.
5. King entered college at the age of 15.
He skipped grades 9 and 12 before enrolling in 1944 at Morehouse College.
6. He was accused of plagiarism.
Martin Luther King Jr. s said to have plagiarized a significant portion of his doctoral dissertation from one written by another student 3 years earlier.
7. From 1957 to 1968, King traveled over 6 million miles and spoke over 2,500 times.
He traveled across the nation, visiting cities for speeches and protests. During these 11 years, King also wrote five books and published many articles.
8. King is the only non-president to have a national holiday in his name.
He is also the only non-president with a memorial located on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
9. He won a Grammy Award.
The speech, bluntly titled “Why I am Opposed to the War in Vietnam,” was recorded on vinyl and earned King a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album.
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