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10 facts to know and remember Martin Luther King Jr.


Here are 10 facts to know and remember Martin Luther King Jr.

 

1. King’s birth name was Michael and later changed by his father after being inspired by Protestant reformer Martin Luther

 

2. King skipped two grades and entered Morehouse College at the age of 15.

 

3. He was the youngest person at the time to receive a Nobel Peace Prize.

 

4. From 1957 to 1968, King traveled over 6 million miles and spoke over 2,500 times.

 

5. The civil rights leader was arrested 29 times and assaulted four times.

 

6. King is the only non-president to have a national holiday in his name.

 

7. During his lifetime, King received 20 honorary degrees from colleges and universities across the US and around the world.

 

8. He became the first African American to be named Time magazine’s ‘Man of the Year.’

 

9. There are approximately 900 streets named after MLK in the US.

 

10. The March on Washington was one of America’s greatest displays of nonviolent protest.

 

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