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Martin Luther King Jr: Interesting and Little Known Facts- Washington DC

Dr Martin Luther King Jr
Washington DC

Dr. Martin Luther King
January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968

Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls
on the third Monday every January. As a nation, we take that day to
celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., as well as, to
celebrate providing service. This year that day falls on January
21, 2013– which, for the first time ever coincides
with the weekend of the Presidential Inauguration.

As Martin Luther King Day
approaches, we wanted to share some little-known facts about Martin
Luther King Jr. and the holiday we honor him on.



  1. In
    1934, five years after his birth, his family discovered Martin’s
    name had been recorded wrong on his birth certificate. The
    certificate said Michael King, so his name had to be legally
    changed to Martin Luther King Jr.
  2. In 1939,
    Martin sang with his church choir in Atlanta at the gala premiere
    of the movie Gone with The Wind.
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Dr. Martin Luther King

  3. He skipped the 9th and 12th
    grades in school and entered Morehouse College at age
  4. He had Bachelor degrees in sociology and
    theology. In 1955 he received his Ph.D. from Boston
  5. From 1957 until his death in 1968,
    he traveled more than 6 million miles. He gave over 2500 speeches
    during his travels. He also wrote 5 books and had published
    countless numbers of articles in newspapers and
  6. In 1964, at age 35, he was the
    youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
  7. According to a 1999 Gallup poll, King is the
    second most admired person in the 20th century .
  8. In a 2005 contest sponsored by the Discovery Channel and
    AOL, he was voted the 3rd Greatest American of all time.
    Martin Luther King


  9. Presently there are 730+ U.S.
    cities that have streets named after King.
  10. King is 1 of 10 20th century world martyrs who has a
    statue at Westminster Abbey
  11. Martin Luther
    King, Jr. day was not recognized as a paid national
    holiday by all 50 states until 2000.
    Martin Luther King Tribute


  12. The U2 song, “Pride (In The Name of Love)” was written
    about Martin Luther King, Jr.
  13. He helped save
    the original series of Star Trek by encouraging
    Nichelle Nichols, who played Uhura, to stay on the
  14. He was the first black American to
    be named TIME Man of the Year.
  15. The words ‘I Have a Dream’ were not originally in the
    speech and were ad-libbed on the day of.
    Martin Luther King Jr
Washington DC

    Martin Luther King

  16. Kings autopsy revealed that
    although he was thirty-nine years old at his death, he had the
    heart of a sixty year old. It can be assumed that it was due to the
    stress of thirteen years in the civil rights movement. King
    verbally predicted he would not live to see 40.
    Martin Luther King Washington DC


  17. The Lorraine Hotel where King
    was assassinated is now the site of the National Civil Rights
  18. The Martin Luther King
    on the National Mall is the first to
    honor a non-president.
  19. Martin Luther King’s
    “traveling bible” will be used to swear in President Obama at his second
    inauguration. (See our blog post for Presidential Inauguration tips and

Martin Luther King's
traveling bible

Martin Luther King’s
“traveling bible”


When visiting Washington, DC, there are a various
MLK monuments and memorials within walking distance of the
Holiday Inn Washington DC- Central White House. Martin Luther King Memorial – 1.5
miles from Holiday Inn Washington, DC African
American Civil War Memorial and Museum
– 1.0 miles from
Holiday Inn Washington, DC Martin Luther
King Memorial Library
– 1.3 miles from Holiday Inn Washington, DC
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5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Gerald Richards #

    Sure wish I could be in Washington D.C on Jan 21,2013

    January 15, 2013
    • Gina #

      Me too!!

      January 21, 2013
  2. Gina #

    Thank you so much for compiling and sharing this. Not to sound rude, but of course 2014 is just a typo in the beginning. Is there a way to fix it? Who ever put this together must have worked so hard. I know very little about blogs & internet “stuff”. Mainly wanted to thank you for honoring MLK Jr.

    January 21, 2013

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