Martin Luther King, Jr. Day January 19th

January 19, 2015, is the day that the world will celebrate the birthday of the greatest activist, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As a country currently in its second term with its first black president, it is definitely a testament to how far things have come since King’s time on this Earth.

5 Fun Facts About Martin Luther King, Jr.

  1. King’s original name was Michael King Jr. Later Michael King Sr. and Michael King Jr. changed their names to Martin Luther after German Protestant leader Martin Luther.
  2. He was incredibly smart.  He only attended two years of high school, skipping ninth and twelfth grade, before making his way to Morehouse College at age 15.
  3. King is to date the youngest male to win a Nobel Peace Prize, winning it in 1964 at the age of 35 (at the time he was the youngest overall for the Peace Prize).
  4. MLK is the only non-president with a national holiday in his honor.
  5. On August 28th 1963 at a historic march in Washington DC for jobs, freedom, racial equality and the end of discrimination Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech.