63 Facts About Dr Martin Luther King

1. Dr Martin Luther King was assassinated by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968 on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.

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2. Dr Martin Luther King believed that peaceful refusal to obey unjust law was the best way to bring about social change.

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3. Dr Martin Luther King sought equality and human rights for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged and all victims of injustice through peaceful protest.

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4. Dr Martin Luther King stressed that lives and the well-being of oppressed people were constantly at risk until those in power took responsibility to address and amend the issue.

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5. Dr Martin Luther King once said, ""Perhaps it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say, 'Wait.

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6. Dr Martin Luther King spoke about a vision of a United States, and an entire world, where all people could live together in harmony.

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7. From this role of service to God, Dr Martin Luther King became a servant to the oppressed people of the Black community.

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8. Dr Martin Luther King led a hugely inspiring and positive life, overcoming great injustice through peaceful means.

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9. Dr Martin Luther King expanded his message and spoke about equal rights for poor people, and equal rights for people of every race and color.

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10. Dr Martin Luther King used his powerful Biblical references, but the tone of his speech reflected the changing tone of the public conversation on civil rights.

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11. Dr Martin Luther King was not directly involved in all the protests, though he did take part in many.

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12. Dr Martin Luther King uses Biblical references and insists that action must be taken.

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13. Dr Martin Luther King was one of the people arrested during the protests.

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14. Dr Martin Luther King had not planned to be significantly involved in the protests in Albany, but fate intervened when he was arrested.

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15. Dr Martin Luther King was stabbed in the chest and was in the hospital for some weeks after receiving emergency surgery.

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16. Dr Martin Luther King was a passionate preacher who often quoted Jesus Christ and the Gospels at church and in meetings with community members.

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17. In 1954, before Dr Martin Luther King received his doctorate, he became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.

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18. Dr Martin Luther King was so smart that he skipped grades nine and 12, and started college at only 15 years old.

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19. In 1944, at age 15, Dr Martin Luther King entered Morehouse College in Atlanta under a special wartime program intended to boost enrollment by admitting promising high-school students like King.

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20. Dr Martin Luther King's parents were college-educated, and Dr Martin Luther King's father had succeeded his father-in-law as pastor of the prestigious Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

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21. Dr Martin Luther King came from a comfortable middle-class family steeped in the tradition of the Southern black ministry: both his father and maternal grandfather were Baptist preachers.

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22. Dr Martin Luther King was elected to lead the boycott because he was young, well-trained with solid family connections and had professional standing.

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23. Dr Martin Luther King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, among several other honors.

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24. Dr Martin Luther King made our nation stronger because he made it better.

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25. Dr Martin Luther King was awarded at least fifty honorary degrees from colleges and universities.

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26. Dr Martin Luther King believed that capitalism could not adequately provide the basic necessities of many American people, particularly the African-American community.

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27. Dr Martin Luther King supported the ideals of democratic socialism, although he was reluctant to speak directly of this support due to the anti-communist sentiment being projected throughout the United States at the time, and the association of socialism with communism.

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28. In 1964, Dr Martin Luther King urged his supporters "and all people of goodwill" to vote against Republican Senator Barry Goldwater for president, saying that his election "would be a tragedy, and certainly suicidal almost, for the nation and the world.

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29. Dr Martin Luther King was a major inspiration along with the civil rights movement which inspired the Native American rights movement of the 1960s and many of its leaders.

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30. At the reservation Dr Martin Luther King met with all the tribal leaders, and others on the reservation then ate with them.

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31. Dr Martin Luther King promptly responded and through his intervention the problem was quickly resolved.

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32. Dr Martin Luther King assisted Native American people in south Alabama in the late 1950s.

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33. Dr Martin Luther King publicly discouraged it as a widespread practice, but acknowledged that it was sometimes necessary.

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34. Dr Martin Luther King struggled only with the weapons of truth, soul force, non-injury and courage.

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35. Dr Martin Luther King initially believed in and practiced self-defense, even obtaining guns in his household as a means of defense against possible attackers.

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36. Dr Martin Luther King was advised by the white activists Harris Wofford and Glenn Smiley.

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37. Dr Martin Luther King has become a national icon in the history of American liberalism and American progressivism.

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38. Dr Martin Luther King spent the remainder of his life attempting, unsuccessfully, to withdraw his guilty plea and secure the trial he never had.

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39. Dr Martin Luther King was sentenced to a 99-year prison term.

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40. Dr Martin Luther King was using the alias Ramon George Sneyd on his way to white-ruled Rhodesia.

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41. Dr Martin Luther King was booked in Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.

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42. On March 29, 1968, Dr Martin Luther King went to Memphis, Tennessee, in support of the black sanitary public works employees, who were represented by AFSCME Local 1733.

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43. Dr Martin Luther King felt that Congress had shown "hostility to the poor" by spending "military funds with alacrity and generosity.

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44. Dr Martin Luther King quoted from Henry George and George's book, Progress and Poverty, particularly in support of a guaranteed basic income.

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45. Dr Martin Luther King brought up issues of civil rights and the draft.

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46. Dr Martin Luther King guarded his language in public to avoid being linked to communism by his enemies, but in private he sometimes spoke of his support for democratic socialism.

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47. Dr Martin Luther King opposed the Vietnam War because it took money and resources that could have been spent on social welfare at home.

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48. Dr Martin Luther King was criticized by many groups during the course of his participation in the civil rights movement.

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49. Dr Martin Luther King was displeased with the pace that President Kennedy was using to address the issue of segregation.

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50. At the age of 25 in 1954, Dr Martin Luther King was called as pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.

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51. Dr Martin Luther King married Coretta Scott on June 18, 1953, on the lawn of her parents' house in her hometown of Heiberger, Alabama.

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52. Dr Martin Luther King continued to have lingering feelings toward the woman he left; one friend was quoted as saying, "Dr Martin Luther King never recovered.

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53. Dr Martin Luther King planned to marry her, but friends advised against it, saying that an interracial marriage would provoke animosity from both blacks and whites, potentially damaging his chances of ever pastoring a church in the South.

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54. Dr Martin Luther King once reproved another student for keeping beer in his room, saying they had shared responsibility as African Americans to bear "the burdens of the Negro race.

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55. Dr Martin Luther King became fond of the street because a classmate had an aunt who prepared collard greens for them, which they both relished.

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56. Dr Martin Luther King had concluded that the church offered the most assuring way to answer "an inner urge to serve humanity.

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57. At the age of 15, Dr Martin Luther King passed the exam and entered Morehouse.

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58. Dr Martin Luther King initially refused but complied after his teacher told him that he would be breaking the law if he did not submit.

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59. Dr Martin Luther King became known for his public-speaking ability and was part of the school's debate team.

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60. Dr Martin Luther King lost his friend because the child's father no longer wanted the boys to play together.

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61. Dr Martin Luther King's parents were both African-American, and he had Irish ancestry through his paternal great-grandfather.

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62. In 1968, Dr Martin Luther King was planning a national occupation of Washington, DC, to be called the Poor People's Campaign, when he was assassinated on April 4 in Memphis, Tennessee.

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63. Dr Martin Luther King helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

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