Today We Celebrate
Michael King, who later changed his name to Martin Luther King Jr. was born in 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia to a father that was a reverend and a mother that played an active role in the baptist church. His accomplishments are extensive and his speeches are widely known. We compiled 20 things about this incredible man, take a look and see if there are things you didn't know about him!
- In high school Martin Luther King was apart of the debate team.
- He skipped both the 9th & 12th grade. At the age of 15 he was accepted into Morehouse College.
- King began doctoral studies at Boston University and received his PhD in 1955.
- The Montgomery bus boycott was led by king which lasted 385 days, things from this boycott became so tense the kings home was bombed.
- During the march on Washington King made specific demands 2 specifically, asking for a law prohibiting racial discrimination in the workplace, and $2 minimum wage for all workers.
- On March 1963 King delivered a 17 minutes speech known as the "I Have A Dream" speech,
- On March 29th 1968, King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee while he was standing on the 2nd story balcony of his motel room. He later died in the hospital while they were performing emergency surgery.
- Just days after Kings assassination congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1968.
- President Ronald Regan signed Matin Luther Kings Jrs holiday into law in 1983.
- It was officially observed by all 50 states in 2000.
Though he is no longer with us his legacy has followed us.