Today we honor a leader whose dream opened the door for many to pursue theirs. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day. Did you know he skipped grades? Find out that information and more in the I’ve put together of uncommon facts about one of America’s greatest heros.
1. His name was originally Michael, not Martin.
His father was also Michael King, hence why Martin Luther King Jr. was originally named Michael King Jr. However, after a trip to Germany in 1931, Michael King Sr. changed his own name in homage to historic German theologian Martin Luther. Michael King Jr. was two years old at the time and King Sr. made the decision to change his son’s name to Martin Luther as well.
2. King wasn’t the only one to die at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis on April 4, 1968.
After he was killed, one of the hotel workers, Lorraine Bailey (who was also the wife of the motel owner and who it was named after), upon seeing King get shot, had a heart attack and later died from this.
3. King Jr. skipped two grades in high school.
He skipped 9th and 11th, and entered college (Morehouse College) at the tender age of 15 in 1944. By 19, he received a bachelor’s degree in sociology.
His honeymoon was spent at a funeral parlor… not because someone died, simply because a friend owned the parlor and offered to let him use it for his honeymoon.
5. The famous words “I have a dream” were never actually included in the original text of his speech.
He revived this phrase from a previous speech that he had given, which had never resonated with his audience. Talk about a serious ad-lib.