Today isn’t just a day off of work to sit around in your PJs. Learn a little something, too.
We all know the basics about Dr. King: his civil rights work, sit-ins and speeches. We’ve learned about him since we first learned how to read. But there are some interesting facts about his life that the school books don’t teach you. Take a look to learn some interesting Dr. King facts.
Mike Check? – Until he was five, Martin’s name was Michael on his birth certificate. Some accounts say his name was changed to Martin after a trip to Germany convinced his father to change the name to Martin Luther, but that’s unconfirmed. We do know his name was Michael first.
Choir Boy – MLK was part of the choir for the grand opening of Gone With The Wind when he was a kid. Ironic especially considering how incredibly racist that movie is.
No High School? – Dr. King started at Morehouse at the age of 15 because he skipped 9th and 12 grade. But since he skipped, he wasn’t officially recognized as graduating high school so technically he’s a drop out.
Reparations – During an interview with Playboy, Dr. King expressed the belief that African Americans should get repaid somewhat for slavery. It was a sign of a more radical King.
Heart Issues – At the time of King’s death, he was 39. But an autopsy revealed that he had the heart of a 66-year-old possibly due to the stress of his time in the movement.
Grammy Award-Winner – King won a posthumous Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for “Why I Am Opposed To The War In Vietnam”. Dude even had a Grammy?! That’s impressive.
2027 – All government files on MLK will be released in 2027, so the public will get to know a more detailed picture of his life when that happens. Be prepared.
Thanks Reagan? – Ronald Reagan of all people signed the bill to make MLK day an official holiday back in 1983. Good to know he’s done something right.