12 Facts You Didn’t Know About Martin Luther King Jr. – Plus Bio Video

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 Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And 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!

 I’ve Been To The Mountaintop, 1968

1. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was not recognized as a paid national holiday by all 50 states until 2000. (TIME)

2. The U2 song pride (In the Name of Love) was written about Martin Luther King Jr. (Post Chronicle)

3. He went to Morehouse college at the age of 15. (BBC)

4. He & his wife spent their wedding night in a black funeral home because they were not allowed to spend their honeymoon in a white-owned hotel. (Huff Post)

5. He is the youngest man to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, at the age of 35. (Nobel)

6. He died at the age of 39. He himself predicted he would not live to 40. (BBC)

7. After his assassination an autopsy revealed he had the heart of a 60-year-old. The Dr believed it was the result of heavy stress. (Huff Post)

8. He was the first black american to be named Time Man of the Year. (TIME)

9. Over 900 streets in the U.S. are named after him. (WS Journal)

10. He traveled over 6 million miles during his lifetime. (Nobel)

11. Martin Luther King Jr. was born Michael Luther King Jr. (Nobel)

12. He sang at the film premier of Gone With The Wind. (Huff Post)

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