10 things you might not know about Martin Luther King Jr.

Celebrate MLK Day today, Jan. 17, 2022, by learning 10 new facts about the civil rights leader’s life and legacy.

  1. King’s birth name was Michael, not Martin.
  2. King entered college when he was 15 years old.
  3. King received his doctorate in systematic theology.
  4. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech was not his first at the Lincoln Memorial.
  5. King was jailed 29 times.
  6. King narrowly escaped an assassination attempt a decade before the assassination that killed him.
  7. King’s last public speech foretold his death.
  8. Members of King’s family did not believe James Earl Ray acted alone.
  9. King’s mother was also murdered by gun violence.
  10. King is the only non-president to have a national holiday.
Written by Emilie Wilson