Martin Luther King Jr., one of the world’s most famous advocates of non-violent social change strategies was a true man of peace.
As we commemorate him on the 49th anniversary of his death, here’s some facts about his life that you may not know.
- According to the History.com, King’s birth name was actually Michael, not Martin. At age five, his father returned from a 1934 trip to Germany where he was inspired by Protestant Reformation leader Martin Luther and changed both he and his son’s name.
- Dr. King was a ride-or-die trekkie, and enjoyed watching the original “Star Trek” TV series. In an 2016 interview with The Guardian, “Star Trek” actress Nichelle Nichols said that once King approached her and expressed that “Star Trek” was the only show he allowed his children to watch.
- At age 10 King sang with his church choir at the 1939 Atlanta premiere of the movie Gone With The Wind, according to a reported piece by The Telegraph.
- There are about 900 streets named after Martin Luther King Jr. in the United States, including Puerto Rico, according to CNN.
- MLK enjoyed the arts and was supposedly an amazing dancer.
- He could allegedly shoot a basketball accurately with both hands.
All The King's Words: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Most Riveting Quotes
1. On Progress1 of 26
2. On Faith2 of 26
3. On Living A Giving Life3 of 26
4. On Injustice4 of 26
5. On Being Alive5 of 26
6. On Living6 of 26
7. On Being A Man7 of 26
8. On Playing Your Position8 of 26
9. On Salvation9 of 26
10. On The Laws He Sought To Change10 of 26
11. On Altruism11 of 26
12. On Truth & Unconditional Love12 of 26
13. On Doing Great Things13 of 26
14. On Communication & Fear14 of 26
15. On Forgiveness15 of 26
16. On Ignorance16 of 26
17. On Riots17 of 26
18. On Love18 of 26
19. On Oneness19 of 26
20. 49127244120 of 26
21. On Doing The Right Thing21 of 26
22. 11349140822 of 26
23. On Hope23 of 26
24. On Love24 of 26
25. On Injustice25 of 26
26. On His Dream, That's Now A Reality...Sort Of...26 of 26
6 Things You Didn’t Know About Martin Luther King, Jr. was originally published on hellobeautiful.com