Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Facts:
His birth name was actually Michael King Jr. His father was named Michael King and changed his first name to Martin Luther when he became a minister. The younger Michael changed his name to Martin as well, initially against his father's wishes.
He entered Moorehouse College at the age of only 15, thanks to a special wartime program intended to boost enrollment by admitting promising high school students. He graduated with a bachelor's degree at the age of 19.
At first, he didn't want to become a preacher, preferring instead to be a doctor or lawyer.
Because no honeymoon suites were available for African-Americans, King and his wife Coretta spent their wedding night at a friend's funeral parlor.
In 1958, while at a book signing, he was stabbed by a mentally ill woman. The knife was so close to his aorta that if he had so much as sneezed he would have most likely have died. King didn't press any charges against the woman.
The final section of his famous "I Have a Dream" speech is believed to have been largely improvised.
He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 at age 35, and remains youngest male to ever receive the prize. (Mairead Corrigan, co-founder of the Northern Ireland Peace Movement, is the youngest female.)
He is the only U.S. citizen who never held political office to have a national holiday named after him
HAPPY MLK DAY! Thank you Dr King for all you've done! We are forever grateful.