1. His birth name was not Martin. According to MLK’s birth certificate, filed on April 12, 1934, his given name was Michael King Jr. His switch to a new name had to do with his father, who served as pastor at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church. King Sr. traveled to Germany and upon his return in 1934 chose the name Martin Luther for himself and his son.
  2. He Received a “C” at School for Public Speaking.Although he’s known now for being a prolific public speaker, MLK Jr. wasn’t always appreciated for his eloquence. In fact, while attending Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania, King received a “Pass,” a “C+,” and a “C” in the course during the 1948-49 school year. 
  3. He Was a Three-Time Grammy Nominee. King was not a musician, but the spoken-word recordings of his most famous speeches earned him several Grammy nominations.  His “I Have A Dream” speech was later voted into its Hall of Fame in 2012.
  4. London’s Westminster Abbey Features a Statue of MLK. In 1998, a statue honoring Dr. King was unveiled at Westminster Abbey in London, a city where he spoke in 1964 while visiting Europe to accept his Nobel Peace Prize. The statue was among a group of 10 of the 20th century’s most celebrated Christian martyrs, which were installed above the Great West Door in niches that had stood vacant for 35 years. Queen Elizabeth II presided over the unveiling, 
  5. He Was a Huge Fan of “Star Trek.” Star Trek was the only program King allowed his children to stay up late to watch because of the character Uhura, played by African American actress Nichelle Nichols. King viewed Nichols’ role as one of the few examples of equality on televisio
  6. King and His Wife Spent Their Honeymoon at a Funeral Parlor. After being denied at several whites-only hotels throughout Marion, a town that held many segregationist beliefs, MLK and his wife were invited by a friend to spend their wedding night in the back room of a funeral parlor. It wasn’t until five years later that the couple took a more traditional honeymoon trip to Mexico.