Happy Birthday, Dr. King!

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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. leaning on a lectern.

We are celebrating birthdays this week. On Sunday, we celebrated the 126th birthday of The National Geographic Society. On this day in 1929, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta (the federal holiday always falls on the 3rd Monday of January – this year, January 21st.)

We all know King as the king of nonviolent activism during the American civil rights movement, but there is much more to him than that. A few fun facts about the great Reverend King on his birthday:

  • He and his church choir sang at the premiere of Gone With The Wind.
  • King’s name was incorrectly recorded on his birth certificate. When he was five years old, his name was legally changed from Michael to Martin Luther King Jr.
  • He went to college at the age of 15, skipping the 9th and 12th grade.
  • Many think FDR to be the greatest orator of all time, others give that honor to King.
  • He had Bachelor degrees in sociology and theology and a Ph.D  in systematic theology from Boston University.
  • From 1957 until his death in 1968, he traveled more than 6 million miles and gave upwards of 2500 speeches.
  • He authored five books.
  • He was the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize (1964, age: 35).
  • The Discovery Channel voted him the 3rd Greatest American of all time (behind Reagan and Lincoln, respectively.)



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