With snow in the forecast and a possible day off from work/school, how will you be spending your Martin Luther King Jr. Day? How about learning some astonishing facts and participating in an event of reflection and celebration of an amazing man!?
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) was a Baptist Minister and social activist who played a key role in the American Civil Rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. Explore 10 surprising facts about the Civil Rights leader and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize winner.
- King's birth name was Michael, not Martin.
- King entered college at the age of 15.
- King received his doctorate in systematic theology.
- King's "I Have a Dream" speech was not his first at the Lincoln Memorial.
- King was jailed 29 times.
- King narrowly escaped an assassination attempt a decade before his death.
- King's last public speech foretold his death.
- Members of King's family did not believe James Earl Ray acted alone.
- King's mother was also slain by a bullet.
- George Washington is the only other American to have had his birthday observed as a national holiday.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEMORIAL SERVICE | When: Monday, January 19, 2015 | 8:45 AM to 11:30 AM | Where: 279 Madison Avenue Albany, NY 12210 | Cost: Free Admission
Musical prelude 8:45-9:15AM. There will be a televised ceremony at the Convention Center and Memorial Exhibit at the Concourse and a beloved Community March to the King Monument at Lincoln Park, Albany. For more information, call: (518) 486-9284