Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929-1968 

Birth date: January 15, 1929

Death date: April 4, 1968

Birth place: Atlanta, Georgia

Birth name: Michael Luther King, Jr.

Father: Michael “Martin” Luther King, Sr., Baptist minister

Mother: Alberta (Williams) King

Marriage: Coretta (Scott) King (June 18, 1953 – April 4, 1968, his death)

Children: Bernice, March 28, 1963; Dexter, January 30, 1961; Martin III, October 23, 1957; Yolanda, November 17, 1955 – May 15, 2007

Education: Morehouse College, B.A., 1948; Crozer Theological Seminary, B.D., 1951; Boston University, Ph.D., 1955

Other Facts:

King was called Martin or M.L. from a young age. His birth name was Michael, like his father’s but both names were changed to Martin Luther after his father studied the works of Martin Luther.

Youngest person, at the time, to win the Nobel Peace Prize. 

Author of five books published from 1958 through 1968, works on American race relations and collections of his sermons and lectures.

According to the King Center, Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech is 17 minutes long.