Amazing facts about Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr., also known as Michael King, Jr., was a Baptist preacher and social activist who contributed to the civil justice movement in the United States from the late 1950s until his assassination in 1968. He was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia, and died on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Some interesting facts about him are:

Martin Luther, a Protestant reformer, was the inspiration for Martin Luther King, Jr.

King’s father, a revered Atlanta pastor previously known by his given name of Michael King Sr., set out on a worldwide pilgrimage for his faith in 1934. Before coming to Berlin to join the Baptist World Union gathering, the senior King visited Rome, Tunisia, Egypt, Israel, and Bethlehem. Only a year had passed since Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor, and the visit to German would have a significant impact on him. Martin Luther, a German monk, and theologian whose 95 Theses opposed the Catholic Church and eventually divided western Christianity earned the senior King’s esteem as he traveled.

King enrolled in college at the age of 15

King joined higher education at the age of fifteen after skipping two grades. In 1944, he was accepted to Morehouse College, from which he earned a B.A. in 1948. at the age of nineteen in Sociology. Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, the president of Morehouse, became a role model for King.

Martin Luther

At Chester, Pennsylvania’s Crozer Theological Seminary, King continued his education. He received a C in a social speaking class, but he still managed to be chosen president of the student body and graduate as the class valedictorian in 1951. At the age of 25, he joined in Boston University’s doctoral program and received his degree. King visited Boston where he met Coretta Scott and joined the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

Ten years before his murder, King was the target of an attempt on his life

On September 20, 1958, a young woman sneaked past the crowd to approach King as he was signing books at a Blumstein’s department store in Harlem. When he confirmed that he was Martin Luther King Jr., the woman, Izola Ware Curry, poked him in the chest with a seven-inch letter opener. Curry asserts that she pursued him for five years because she thought he had connections to the Communist Party.

King had to undergo several hours-long emergency procedures since the stab wound almost missed his heart. Later, King would make a statement in which he reaffirmed his peaceful views and said he harbored no ill will toward his assailant.

The King family sued the government in a civil dispute following his passing, and they were successful

Twelve jurors unanimously decided on December 8, 1999, that a conspiracy was to blame for King’s demise. Over 70 witnesses testified throughout the four weeks of the trial, which was held in Memphis, Tennessee. After just one hour of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict because they were persuaded by the evidence. James Earl Ray was set up to bear the blame but was not the gunman, according to the preponderance of the evidence. Local, state, and federal U.S. government organizations as well as the Mafia were held accountable once the evidence revealed Ray did not fire the trigger.