Martin Luther King Jr. changed the world. If you ask students, “Name one person who made a massive difference in the world”, MLK is one of the names that will come up within the first 30 seconds. His message, action and character are still paving the way for generations to come.
10 FACTS ABOUT MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
- Kings birth name was Michael.
- He was the youngest person at the time to receive a Nobel Peace Prize.
- From 1957 to 1968, King traveled over 6 million miles and spoke over 2,500 times.
- King was arrested 29 times and assaulted four times.
- King is the only non-president to have a national holiday in his name.
- King was awarded 20 honorary degrees and was named ‘Man of the Year’ by Time Magazine.
- There are approximately 900 streets named after MLK in the US
- MLK was nearly assassinated 10 years before his death.
- His mother was also murdered by a gunman.
- Kings last public speech foreshadowed his death.
On the night before his assassination, King traveled to Memphis to give a speech in support of the city’s African American sanitation workers. At Mason Temple Church, he told the crowd, “Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now… I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. And I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”