16 January 2012

Betcha didn't know...

I posted this exact picture last year, and thought it was only fitting to do so again this year.

 As a teacher I found a few things out about him, that I didn't know, so I turn and ask you,
Did you know...

He skipped 9th and 12th grade, entering Morehouse college when he was fifteen years old. He received his B. A. degree in 1948 from Morehouse College, then studied theology at Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania where he was elected president of a predominantly white senior class. After he was awarded a B.D. in 1951, he enrolled in graduate studies at Boston University, completing his residence for the doctorate in 1953 and receiving the degree in 1955.

 He was the youngest man to receive the Nobel Peace Prize at age 35.

 More than 730 U.S. cities have a street named after Martin Luther King, Jr.

It took 15 years for Dr. King's birthday to become a national holiday and it wasn't easy. There was fierce opposition from several sources, not the least of which was Senator Jesse Helms (Republican, North Carolina), he accused Martin of being a communist.

On November 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed the law into being that made Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday a national holiday. On January 20, 1986, we celebrated for the first time a national day of reverence to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Enjoy the holiday off friends.

Lots to be thankful for. 

Thank you, MLK Jr! 



  1. Such an awesome tribute, thanks for sharing. Happy MLK day!

    xo Shane

  2. Thanks for sharing those stats! I had no idea that he skipped 9th and 12th grade! What an amazing man. He definitely deserved to have his birthday a national holiday...if only I got the day off :) Enjoy yours!


  3. I wish I was off to enjoy it! ;)

  4. These are some really great facts...I had no idea! And I think it is so important for people to remember WHY we had yesterday off and the meaning of freedom

  5. I had no idea about him entering college at 15!!
    That is CRAZY!

    Very cool stats that I think most people probably don't know. It's amazing how little people know about our countries history and how we got to where we are today!

    :) Great post.


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