10 Thing You May Not Know About Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Michael Fields on 1/19/2014

1. His Name Was Changed

Martin Luther King Jr. was christened Michael King Jr. When his father became pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in 1931, he adopted the name Martin Luther King Sr. — in honor of Protestant leader Martin Luther — When MLK was six years old, his father changed his name on his birth certificate to Martin Luther King, Jr.

2. He Skipped Two Grades

He skipped the 9th and 12th grades in school and entered Moorehouse College at age 15.

3. He Sang At The “Gone WIth The Wind” Premiere

In 1939, Martin sang with his church choir in Atlanta at the gala premiere of the movie “Gone With The Wind.”

4. His Travels And Accomplishments

From 1957 until his death in 1968, he traveled more than 6 million miles. He gave over 2500 speeches during his travels. He also wrote 5 books and had published countless numbers of articles in newspapers and magazines.

5. He Has Over 900 Streets Named After Him

There are over 900 streets named after Martin Luther King, Jr. around the world. Forty U.S. states have at least one MLK Jr. named road of their own.

6. He Spent His Wedding Night In A Funeral Home

When Martin Luther King Jr. married his wife Coretta, the newlyweds were unable to stay in a white-owned hotel. Instead, the couple spent their wedding night at a black-owned funeral home.

7. He Was The Youngest Person To Receive A Nobel Peace Prize

In 1964, at age 35, he was the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

8. He Is The Second Most Admired Person

According to a 1999 Gallup poll, King is the second most admired person in the 20th century, coming in second to Mother Theresa.

9. His Favorite Foods

Martin Luther King’s favorite foods were pecan pie and fried chicken.

10. When He Died, He Had The Heart Of A 60-Year-Old

Although he was only 39 at the time of his death, autopsy results revealed the Civil Rights icon had the heart of a 60-year-old. The doctor believed this was a result of stress.