Martin Luther King Jr. Giorno: 5 fatti sorprendenti sull'eroe dei diritti civili

While the civil rights leader may be most remembered for his iconic and oft-quoted “Ho un sogno” address at the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 March on Washington, King did more than just dream during his lifetime.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR: THE LIFE AND THE LEGACY

His non-violent approach to protest and social change saw him become the youngest man awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Un anno dopo, King participated in the Selma March, which resulted in the passage of the Voting Rights Act, legislation that helped African Americans exercise their right to vote.

As the U.S. celebrates the life of the civil rights icon on Martin Luther King Jr. Giorno, here are five surprising facts you may not know about King.

He wasn’t named Martin at birth

King was born on Jan. 15, 1929 ad Atlanta, Ga., as Michael King Jr.

But King’s father Michael, a pastor at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, became inspired by the work of Protestant Reformation leader Martin Luther during a trip overseas to such places as Rome, Egitto, Jerusalem and Berlin for the Baptist World Alliance.

Il Rev. Dott. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, spoke to thousands during his "Ho un sogno" speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a Washington, D.C., ad agosto. 28, 1963. (Foto / file AP)

Il Rev. Dott. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, spoke to thousands during his “Ho un sogno” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a Washington, D.C., ad agosto. 28, 1963. (Foto / file AP)

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