Martin Luther King Jr Facts | Amazing Facts: Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement. Here is a list of Martin Luther King Jr Facts which we all should know!

Martin Luther King Jr Facts

  • Martin Luther King Jr.’s maiden name was Michael Luther King, Jr.
  • He is a Grammy Award winner for Best Spoken Word Album.
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  • Martin Luther King Jr. is the only American citizen, non-president, to have a U.S. national holiday in his honor.
  • When notified of his selection for the Nobel, Martin Luther King Jr. announced he would turn over the prize money to the furtherance of the civil rights movement.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. was the youngest man to win the Nobel Peace Prize until Malala won it on 2014.
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He won Nobel Peace Prize

  • He plagiarized a significant portion of his doctoral dissertation from one written by another student three years earlier.

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Interesting Facts

  • Martin Luther King Jr. added the “I have a dream” line during his speech, it was improvised.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. had earlier used his “dream” rhetoric many times before his memorable speech in other lesser-known speeches.
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Keep the Dream Alive

  • In 1964, the FBI mailed Martin Luther King, Jr. a letter accusing him of extramarital affairs and suggesting he should commit suicide.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. required hours of delicate surgery to remove a steel letter opener from his chest in 1958.
  • He long opposed American involvement in the Vietnam War.
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  • Martin Luther King Jr. spent his marriage night in a funeral home since there were no honeymoon suites available for African-Americans.

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Unknown Facts about Martin

  • Martin Luther King Jr. received a C+ in public speaking at seminary school.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. was a huge Star Trek fan.
  • After the assassination of JFK in the year 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. said to his wife, “This is what is going to happen to me also. I keep telling you; this is a sick society.”
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  • Martin Luther King Jr. had Irish ancestry through his paternal great-grandfather.
  • Anne Frank, Martin Luther King Jr., and Barbara Walters were all born in the same year.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. was jailed about 29 times.

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Martin Luther King Jr Death

  • The bullet that wounded Martin Luter King, Jr. entered through his right cheek, smashing his jaw, then traveled down his spinal cord before lodging in his shoulder.
  • Martin Luther King Jr.’s last public speech foretold his death.
  • Over 900 streets in the U.S. are named after Martin Luther King Jr.
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People waiting to hear his speech

  • Martin Luther King Jr.’s family doesn’t believe James Earl Ray assassinated him. Instead, they say it was the owner of the restaurant where he was murdered, with the Mafia and the U.S. government involved.
  • A bullet also slew Martin Luther King Jr.’s mother.

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