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Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist, one of the most prolific leaders of the civil rights movement. Dr. King advanced civil rights for people of color in the United States through nonviolence and civil disobedience. Inspired by his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi, he led targeted, nonviolent resistance against Jim Crow laws and other forms of discrimination.
But Did You Know?
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s real name is Michael King Jr.
- At the age of 11, Dr. King was enrolled at the Atlanta University Laboratory School for the seventh grade, skipped the ninth grade, and was enrolled in Booker T. Washington High School, where he maintained a B-plus average.
- In his junior year, he gave his first public speech during an oratorical contest, sponsored by the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World in Dublin, Georgia where he won.
- He graduated from Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociology at nineteen years of age.
- At the age of 22 received a Bachelor of Divinity degree at Crozer Theological Seminary.
- He also attended Philosophy classes at Harvard University as an audit student.
- He chose Boston University over the University of Edinburgh.
- At the age of 25 received his Ph.D. degree in Systematic Theology at Boston University.
- Dr. King served as honorary president of The Gandhi Society.
- Was a fan of the original Star Trek.
- He survived a knife attack while signing copies of his book Stride Toward Freedom in Blumstein’s department store in Harlem.
- Dr. King was canonized by Archbishop Timothy Paul of the Holy Christian Orthodox Church (not to be confused with the Eastern Orthodox Church) on September 9, 2016, at the Christian Cathedral in Springfield, Massachusetts.
- A statue of Dr. King was installed over the west entrance of Westminster Abbey in 1998.
*Information extracted from Wikipedia.org.