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Martin Luther King, Jr. Facts

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a famous civil rights leader in the 1960’s.


Fact Frenzy presents some facts about Martin Luther King, Jr., the famous and probably most influential leader in the American civil rights movement of the 1960’s.

  • He was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. died at 6:01 p.m. on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was assassinated by James Earl Ray, a convict who had escaped from the Missouri State Penitentiary a year earlier.
  • Dr. King gave a number of historical speeches, and probably his most famous address was, “I Have a Dream”.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, in Montgomery, Alabama. He was 24 years old at the time, in 1953.
  • He received his Doctor of Philosophy — Ph. D. degree in Systematic Theology, graduating from Boston University.
  • Martin Luther King Day was established as an official United States holiday in 1986. It is celebrated on the third Monday of January each year, which is usually near his birthday.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. called for and encouraged peaceful protest, in order to alleviate undue burdens on minorities and to usher in equality for all citizens, regardless of race.
  • He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his work. He was the youngest man to ever receive the award.
  • Shortly after his birth, the physician accidentally wrote “Michael” on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birth certificate, instead of his intended first name, Martin.
  • Dr. King delivered the “I Have a Dream” address on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, D.C.

– Fact Frenzy

Sources: And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: An Autobiography. New York: Harper & Row, 1989. ISBN 0-06-016192-2; InfoUSA

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