Ten fun facts about Martin Luther King

Fact 1
In his efforts to fight segregation and inequality, King traveled more than six million miles and spoke more than 2,500 times.

Fact 2
King didn’t just focus on civil rights. In 1966, he began a campaign against poverty and urban inequality.

Fact 3
A follower of Gandhi’s non-violent principles, King also objected to the United States’ participation in the Vietnam War.

Fact 4
King was not just the leader of the civil right movement. He helped start it. As a result of Rosa Parks’s famous refusal to give up her bus seat for a white passenger, King led the black community in Montgomery, Alabama in the first nonviolent civil rights demonstration in the United States in 1955. The King-led boycott lasted for more than a year—382 days—until the country’s Supreme Court ruled that laws segregating buses were unconstitutional.

Fact 5
King is the only non-president with a national holiday in his honor.

Fact 6
King skipped two grades in high school and entered college at the tender age of 15 in 1944. By 19, he received a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He graduated with his PhD at the age of 25.

Fact 7
King was a vegetarian.

Fact 8
He was a fan of the original Star Trek television series from 1966

Fact 9
King is notably admired for his "I Have a Dream" speech delivered in 1963.

Fact 10
Although King today is often remembered as being an amazing public speaker, he got a C in public speaking during his first year at seminary.

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Short about Martin Luther King
was an American clergyman, activist, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

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