35 Facts About Martin Luther King

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

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

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3. 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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4. In 1964, 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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5. 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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6. 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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7. Martin Luther King promptly responded and through his intervention the problem was quickly resolved.

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

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

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

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11. 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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12. Martin Luther King was advised by the white activists Harris Wofford and Glenn Smiley.

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

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14. 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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15. Martin Luther King was sentenced to a 99-year prison term.

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

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

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18. On March 29, 1968, 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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19. Martin Luther King felt that Congress had shown "hostility to the poor" by spending "military funds with alacrity and generosity.

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20. 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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21. Martin Luther King brought up issues of civil rights and the draft.

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

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

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

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

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28. 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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29. 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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30. At the age of 15, Martin Luther King passed the exam and entered Morehouse.

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

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

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

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34. In 1968, 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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35. Martin Luther King helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

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