Written By: Sandi MacCalla ~ 1/16/2023
Here are a few little-known facts about Martin Luther King Jr.:
- King was born Michael King Jr., but his father changed both of their names to Martin Luther in honor of the German theologian Martin Luther.
- King's "I Have a Dream" speech was not the first time he delivered that message. He first gave a version of the speech at a rally in Detroit a few months before the March on Washington on 8/28/63.
- King was arrested over 30 times during the civil rights movement.
- At the age of 35, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
- King was a skilled musician and often used music in his civil rights activism. He played the piano and organ, and sometimes incorporated music into his speeches and rallies.
- King was also an avid baseball fan and threw out the first pitch at a Milwaukee Braves game in 1959.
- After his assassination, King was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. In 1986, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established as a federal holiday in the United States.
Among his 15 most notable quotes are these that are true prophesies of our future:
“Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.”
“We refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt.”