The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. continues to inspire the hearts and minds of each new generation from every walk of life around the globe. I have found it most interesting
that out of the countless essays written about MLK none of them list the rare facts about this American hero. Why do we canonize Martin Luther King Jr.? What changes have come about in the last 50 years since his famous speech, I Have A Dream?
Today his name is an eponym for over 1,000 streets in America alone…but why?
What are the important facts that make MLK the great Icon and American hero?
I have tried to answer these questions for myself and I have studied the life of
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the past ten years and I have tried to answer these questions in the countless essays I have written over the past three years. I have a list of rare facts that most people don’t know about Dr. King and here in this essay I have them listed in no specific order.
1.) Dr. King was a Republican
2.) He gave over 2,500 speeches
3.) He went to jail over thirty times
4.) He has a U.S. postage stamp
5.) There are over 1,000 streets in the United States named after him.
6.) The speech, I HAVE A DREAM has been valued at $ 3.5 million dollars.
7.) I HAVE A DREAM speech is the most famous 17 minute speech in American history.
8.) Martin Luther King Jr. logged in over six million travel miles.
9.) Martin Luther King Jr. predicted the United States would have it’s first
African-American president in fifty years (prediction made 1963) after March on Washington.
10.) His favorite hero as a young boy was Dr. George Washington Carver.
Please read my new essay on Martin Luther King Jr.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. 50 YEARS LATER