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Facts about Martin Luther King Day

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Anyone who has opened a history book or pays attention to winter holidays has heard of Martin Luther King. Often abbreviated as MLK, this day is set aside each year in January to honor a Civil Rights leader who gave his life in the middle of an attempt to see his “I Have a Dream” speech fulfilled.

To learn and teach history well, it must be based on truth. Following are a few facts about Martin Luther King:

According to, Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Civil Rights activist and minister. He was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, and was struck down in the prime of life at 39 years old, on April 4, 1968. The site also reveals that he changed his name from Michael to Martin after his father wanted to honor the Protestant leader, Martin Luther. Martin Luther King, Jr. attended Boston University, Morehouse College and Crozer Theological Seminary.

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