Five Facts You Didn’t Know About Martin Luther King

Lina Hernandez, Staff writer

 Martin Luther King Jr was a man who stood up for the rights of people of color. He believed that all races were equal. People feared his beliefs, but through peaceful protest his hard work got us to where we are today. His “I Have a Dream ” speech delivered on the steps of Washington D.C. is one of his most well-known speeches. He has made a big impact in our lives and his protest inspired many. A teacher at Dana Middle School, Ms. Dragich says , “Martin Luther King is a great example and an inspiration to people about how to use non-violent civil disobedience to bring about change.” Black history month is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than sharing a few little known facts about Martin Luther King.

  1. According to History stories, the “Jr” after King’s name hints that his father had the same name. Martin’s full name is Martin Luther King Jr, but did you know his birth name is actually Micheal. King’s father had actually traveled to Germany and was inspired by a man named Martin Luther. Martin was only five years old when his name went from Micheal to Martin. 
  2. According to History Stories, King’s last speech (delivered at the Mason Temple) talked about his death. His words were, “Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now … I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. And I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”
    This is Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech being delivered on the steps of Washington DC.


  3. According to History Stories, 10 years before King’s death, he was able to escape an attempted murder. He was signing books in Harlem when a woman named Izola Ware Curry told asked if he was Martin Luther King. When he answered “yes”, she stabbed him with a letter opener. He had to go through hours of surgery and he was very close to death.
  4. According to History Stories, Martin’s mother, Alberta Williams King, was also shot and killed. She was just steps from her son’s corpse when the murder shot a bullet. His intent was to shoot King’s father, however, because Alberta was much closer, the bullet hit her instead.
    This is Martin Luther King’s mom Alberta Williams King born September 13, 1904 and died May 18, 1941.


  5. According to History Stories, Just four days after King’s assassination, Martin Luther King day was created, though it isn’t actually his birthday, though it is close to the actual holiday, King’s birthday is actually January 15th and Martin Luther King Day is celebrated on January 20th. 


Martin was an amazing man who made a big difference in our lives today. He put everything on the line for our equality. It is sad to know that he could have lived the rest of his life if  he wasn’t killed April 6, 1968 or what further impact he could have made. Black history month is a way for us to celebrate people like Martin Luther King.This is Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech being delivered on the steps of Washington DC.

Coretta Scott King was Martin Luther King’s wife who was also an activist.