Martin Luther King Jr: Interesting and Little Known Facts- Washington DC
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.
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.
- In 1939,
Martin sang with his church choir in Atlanta at the gala premiere
of the movie Gone with The Wind.
- He skipped the 9th and 12th
grades in school and entered Morehouse College at age
- He had Bachelor degrees in sociology and
theology. In 1955 he received his Ph.D. from Boston
- 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
- In 1964, at age 35, he was the
youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
- According to a 1999 Gallup poll, King is the
second most admired person in the 20th century .
- In a 2005 contest sponsored by the Discovery Channel and
AOL, he was voted the 3rd Greatest American of all time.
- Presently there are 730+ U.S.
cities that have streets named after King.
- King is 1 of 10 20th century world martyrs who has a
statue at Westminster Abbey
- Martin Luther
King, Jr. day was not recognized as a paid national
holiday by all 50 states until 2000.
- The U2 song, “Pride (In The Name of Love)” was written
about Martin Luther King, Jr.
- He helped save
the original series of Star Trek by encouraging
Nichelle Nichols, who played Uhura, to stay on the
- He was the first black American to
be named TIME Man of the Year.
- The words ‘I Have a Dream’ were not originally in the
speech and were ad-libbed on the day of.
- 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.
- The Lorraine Hotel where King
was assassinated is now the site of the National Civil Rights
- The Martin Luther King
Memorial on the National Mall is the first to
honor a non-president.
- 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
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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