5 important facts about Martin Luther King Jr
This legendary man fought for justice the way no one did before. His eloquent speeches helped thousands of people to believe in their strength and better future. Let's learn something new about him with these inspiring Martin Luther King Jr. facts.
#1 16th-century theologian Martin Luther became his father's inspiration
That's why Martin Luther Sr. changed his – and later his son's – name.
#2 He entered college at the age of 15
It's one of the little-known facts about Martin Luther King Jr. He was an extremely gifted student, who didn't miss the chance to enroll in college – back then, high school juniors were able to do so (after an exam) because many students left for WWII.
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#3 Spreading his words of wisdom, Martin Luther King Jr. covered the distance of more than 6 million miles
He gave more than 2,000 speeches around the globe.
#4 He has been to jail around 30 times
Many people admired him, but officials usually saw King as a threat. That's why he was imprisoned many times. He also received numerous threatening phone calls and was stabbed in the chest a decade before his death.
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#5 He is the only person not to be a president and have an official holiday named after him
Every year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed in the US. It marks his birthday and falls on the third Monday of January.
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