28 Facts About Martin Luther King Jr

1. Martin Luther King Jr was one of the leaders of the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

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2. In 1968, Martin Luther King Jr 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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3. When Martin Luther King Jr relayed the happenings to his parents, they had a long discussion with him about the history of slavery and racism in America.

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4. In 1939, Martin Luther King Jr sang as a member of his church choir in slave costume, for the all-white audience at the Atlanta premiere of the film Gone with the Wind.

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5. In September 1940, at the age of 11, Martin Luther King Jr was enrolled at the Atlanta University Laboratory School for the seventh grade.

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6. In 1942, when Martin Luther King Jr was 13 years old, he became the youngest assistant manager of a newspaper delivery station for the Atlanta Journal.

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7. In high school, Martin Luther King Jr became known for his public-speaking ability, with a voice that had grown into an orotund baritone.

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8. But, he relied on his sister, Christine, to help him with his spelling, while Martin Luther King Jr assisted her with math.

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9. In 1944, at the age of 15, Martin Luther King Jr passed the entrance examination and was enrolled at the university for the school season that autumn.

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10. The summer before his last year at Morehouse, in 1947, the 18-year-old Martin Luther King Jr chose to enter the ministry.

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11. At Crozer, Martin Luther King Jr was elected president of the student body.

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12. In 1951, Martin Luther King Jr began doctoral studies in systematic theology at Boston University.

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13. In Boston, Martin Luther King Jr befriended a small cadre of local ministers his age, and sometimes guest pastored at their churches, including Michael Haynes, associate pastor at Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury.

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

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15. In December 1959, after being based in Montgomery for five years, Martin Luther King Jr announced his return to Atlanta at the request of the SCLC.

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16. Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr was called to be a minister in 1954, was influential in the Montgomery, Alabama, African-American community.

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17. The SCLC's 1957 Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom was the first time Martin Luther King Jr addressed a national audience.

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18. Izola Curry—a mentally ill black woman who thought that Martin Luther King Jr was conspiring against her with communists—stabbed him in the chest with a letter opener, which nearly impinged on the aorta.

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19. On May 4, 1960, several months after his return, Martin Luther King Jr drove writer Lillian Smith to Emory University when police stopped them.

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20. On May 7, 1964, Martin Luther King Jr spoke at Saint Francis College's "The Negro and the Quest for Identity," in Biddeford, Maine.

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21. On January 13, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr called for a large march on Washington against "one of history's most cruel and senseless wars.

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22. In 1967, Martin Luther King Jr gave a famous speech at the Riverside Church in New York City, his first to publicly question the US involvement in Vietnam.

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

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24. In September 1959, Martin Luther King Jr flew from Los Angeles, California, to Tucson, Arizona.

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

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26. In 1964, Martin Luther King Jr 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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27. FBI having concluded that Martin Luther King Jr was dangerous due to communist infiltration, attempts to discredit Martin Luther King Jr began through revelations regarding his private life.

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28. The bureau sent anonymous letters to Martin Luther King Jr threatening to reveal information if he did not cease his civil rights work.

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