The famous American civil rights activist was born on this day in the American South. Little Martin Luther King was such an advanced student that he even skipped two grades in school.
On this day Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta in the U.S. state of Georgia. His father was a Baptist reverend, as was his maternal grandfather. Martin and also his younger brother, Alfred Daniel Williams King, would become Baptist ministers. Little Martin Luther King was such an advanced student that he even skipped two grades in school. At the age of 24 he married Coretta Scott, with whom he had four children. It is interesting that all their children became human rights activists, but only one daughter (Bernice King) became a Baptist minister.
Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, shot from a distance, on the balcony of the motel where he was staying. The bullet went through his cheek, broke his jaw and ended up in his shoulder. The last words he spoke from the balcony before the shooting were to a musician: “Ben, make sure you play ‘Take My Hand, Precious Lord’ in the meeting tonight. Play it real pretty.”
Numerous conspiracy theories were entwined around the death of Martin Luther King, similar to the murder of J.F. Kennedy. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which always falls around today, specifically on the third Monday in January, is celebrated in the United States in the late King’s memory.