1) While he was just 17 years old and a student at Morehouse College, King had his first work published as a letter to the editor in Atlanta’s largest newspaper.
2) King studied and embraced the teaching of non-violence through the work of A. J. Muste, Mohandas K. Ghandi, and Reinhold Niebuhr.
3) In 1963, The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom at the Lincoln Memorial attracted some 200,000 protesters, where King participated and delivered his famous I Have a Dream speech.
4) Sit-ins were one of the effective non-violent methods used by King and his followers in protesting for equal rights.
5) King was arrested, spied on by the government, assaulted numerous times, stabbed, had his house bombed, and tragically assassinated in 1968.
6) In 1964 TIME magazine named King “Man of the Year,” and he also received a Nobel Peace Prize.
7) Just days after his assassination, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1968 which helped move the US forward in racial reconciliation. His legacy also inspired other parts of the world, including South Africa.