Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) was a Baptist Minister and social activist who played a key role in the American Civil Rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. Explore 10 surprising facts about the Civil Rights leader and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize winner.
- King's birth name was Michael, not Martin.
- King entered college at the age of 15.
- King received his doctorate in systematic theology.
- King's "I Have a Dream" speech was not his first at the Lincoln Memorial.
- King was jailed 29 times.
- King narrowly escaped an assassination attempt a decade before his death.
- King's last public speech foretold his death.
- Members of King's family did not believe James Earl Ray acted alone.
- King's mother was also slain by a bullet.
- George Washington is the only other American to have had his birthday observed as a national holiday.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEMORIAL SERVICE | When: Monday, January 19, 2015 | 8:45 AM to 11:30 AM | Where: 279 Madison Avenue Albany, NY 12210 | Cost: Free Admission
Musical prelude 8:45-9:15AM. There will be a televised ceremony at the Convention Center and Memorial Exhibit at the Concourse and a beloved Community March to the King Monument at Lincoln Park, Albany. For more information, call: (518) 486-9284