You may know that Martin Luther King Jr. was a civil rights leader, but here are some surprising facts about him that you may not have heard in school.
1. His birth name was Michael, not Martin.
The civil rights leader was born Michael King Jr. on January 15, 1929. In 1934, however, his father traveled to Germany and became inspired by the Protestant Reformation leader Martin Luther. As a result, King Sr. changed his own name as well as that of his 5-year-old son.
2. He entered college at the age of 15.
King was such a gifted student that he skipped grades 9–12 before enrolling in 1944 at Morehouse College. King was ordained before graduating college with a degree in sociology.
3. He was imprisoned nearly 30 times.
According to the King Center, King went to jail 29 times. He was arrested for acts of civil disobedience and on trumped-up charges, such as when he was jailed in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1956 for driving 30 miles per hour in a 25-mile-per-hour zone.
4. George Washington is the only other American to have had his birthday observed as a national holiday.
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill that created a federal holiday to honor King. The holiday, first commemorated in 1986, is celebrated on the third Monday in January, close to King’s January 15 birthday.
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Downtown Clearwater will be holding its annual Miracle on Cleveland Street event on Saturday, December 1, from 5 to 10 p.m. The holiday festival will feature falling snow, ice skating, horse-drawn carriage rides, bounce houses, and face painting.
Come on over to Richter Publishing for book signings with four local authors and free goodie bags!
Richter Publishing will be closed for Thanksgiving (11/22) and Black Friday (11/23). We will resume normal business hours on Monday, November 26, at 10 a.m. We hope you have a happy Thanksgiving!
Meet Jarron Webster, the author of “Millennial Marriages: A Military Relationship.” He’s one of the many authors who will be at #BookFest18 on Friday, November 2, 2018.
For more information on the event, visit https://bookfest18.com.
You can find free tickets by clicking here or on the picture below.
Friday, November 2nd, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Station Square Creative Suites
628 Cleveland Street, Clearwater, FL 33755