Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King


1/15/1929, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.



Birth Name

Michael Luther King, Jr.



Also Known As

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. King, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., MLK, Jr.
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Martin Luther King, Jr. was born to Martin Luther King, Sr. and Alberta Williams King. King's original name was Michael Luther King Jr., but they then changed it in honor of the German Protestant. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s siblings were Willie Christine and Alfred Daniel. Dr. King is…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Dr. King was elected president of the Montgomery Improvement Association, which was responsible for the Montgomery Bus Boycott. He was Vice President of the National Sunday School and the Baptist Teaching Union Congress of the National Baptist Convention, as well. He was also elected to membership in a number of learned societies, such as the American Academy of Arts and Science.

    • In 1964, Dr. King was the youngest man to win the Nobel Peace Prize, at the age of 35. He announced that he would give the prize money, which was $54,123, to support the civil rights movement, when he was told of his selection.

    • 6 books were written by Martin Luther King Jr. during his lifetime, as well as quite a number of articles.

    • Martin Luther King Jr. started school at the age of 5, before reaching the legal age of six, at the Yonge Street Elementary School in Atlanta.

    • Martin's influences were Jesus, Howard Thurman, Mahatma Gandhi, Henry David Thoreau, Rosa Parks and Bayard Rustin.

    • Martin Luther King was interred at Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, Atlanta, GA.

    • Martin graduated from high school at the age of 15, and graduated with a B.A. Degree in Sociology from Morehouse College in 1948. He earned a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Boston University on June 5, 1955. Also, approximately 20 honorary degrees were awarded to Dr. King from different colleges and universities in the United States, and in a number of foreign countries.

    • Martin Luther King Jr. was ordained as a baptist minister at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. It was in February, 1948, when he was 19 years old.

    • Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated by James Earl Ray. When Dr. King was shot and killed, he was standing on the balcony of Memphis, Tennessee's Lorrain Motel. It was on April 4, 1968.

    • Martin Luther King, Jr's wife was Coretta Scott King. They had four children: Yolanda Denise (born November 17, 1955), Martin Luther III (born October 23, 1957), Dexter Scott (born January 30, 1961), and Bernice Albertine (born March 28, 1963).

  • Quotes

    • Martin Luther King Jr: Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power; religion gives man wisdom which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals. They are complementary.

    • Martin Luther King Jr: This is what I try to teach in the struggle in the South, that we are not engaged in a struggle that means we sit down and do nothing, there is a great deal of difference between non-resistance to evil and non-violent resistance. Non-resistance leaves you in a state of stagnant passivity and deadly complacency, where non-violent resistance means that you do resist in a very strong and determined manner. And I think some of the criticisms of non-violence or some of the critics fail to realize that we are talking about something very strong and they confuse non-resistance with non-violent resistance.

    • Martin Luther King Jr: True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.

    • Martin Luther King Jr: (from "Letter from a Birmingham Jail") Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

    • Martin Luther King Jr: Ultimately a genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus.

    • Martin Luther King Jr: I submit to you that if a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.

    • Martin Luther King Jr.: Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated.

    • Martin Luther King Jr:: (from the "Beyond Vietnam" Speech) And if we will only make the right choice, we will be able to transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of peace.

    • Martin Luther King: (from "I Have a Dream" speech) And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

    • Martin Luther King: (from "I Have a Dream" speech) This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."

    • Martin Luther King: (from "I Have a Dream" speech) I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

    • Martin Luther King: (from "I Have a Dream" speech) I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

    • Martin Luther King: (from "I Have a Dream" speech) I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."