Martin Luther King Day is celebrated on the third Monday in January, this year it will be celebrated on January 20th. The holiday commemorates Dr. King’s birthday and also celebrates his life, achievements and legacy. Martin Luther King was one of the most important figures in the American Civil Rights Movement and his persistence on equal rights for all Americans led to a holiday in his honor.
In remembrance of Dr. King, here are 5 facts to share with your students!
- Many people don’t realize that Martin Luther King was actually born Michael King Jr. to his parents Michael King Sr. and Alberta Williams King. His Father visited Germany in 1934, where he was inspired by Protestant Reformation leader Martin Luther. So, he changed both his own name and his son’s.
- According to the Geography Department at the University of Tennessee, there are approximately 900 streets named after Dr King.
- Martin Luther King received a Nobel Peace Prize when he was just 35 years old, he was the youngest person at the time to receive the prestigious prize.
- From 1957 to 1968, Martin Luther King travelled approximately over six million miles.
- Dr King was enrolled into college at the age of 15! He skipped grades 9 and 12, before going to Morehouse College in 1944.