This April 4, 2018 will make it fifty years since the untimely death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and as we approach January 15th, the date of what would have marked his 99th birthday, I got to wondering (again), why is it that all we ever hear about Dr. King from mainstream media during this time is his “I Have A Dream Speech” made during the 1963 March On Washington?

I mean, wasn’t there more to Dr. King than just this, and wasn’t he much more than just a dreamer, but a man of action as well?

So why is it, I asked myself, that every year we see the same images, hear the same speech, and get the same news media sound bites over and over again as if this was all there was to Dr. King?

It made me wonder if this was being done deliberately to keep us from knowing the real Dr. King. So, after a little investigation, I discovered some interesting facts about Dr. King.

For example, did you know . . .

- that Dr. King was in favor of reparations;


- that he supported Muhammad Ali when Ali was suspended from boxing for refusing to be drafted into the army;

- that he was only 15 years old when he graduated from high school and entered college;

- that he was opposed to war, and as such, would not have supported the war in Iraq or in Afghanistan; (“Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr.)

- that as a boy he sang with his church choir;

- that he played basketball;

- that he liked to dance;

- that he was only 24 years old when he became pastor of Dexter Ave Baptist Church;

- that rather than being a one-man show, Dr. King was part of a larger social justice and  economic equality movement that involved many other people besides himself;

- that during his lifetime, Dr. King was viewed by many as a “troublemaker”;

- that Dr. King was a “hands-on” activist who did much more than just make speeches;

- that his “I Have A Dream” speech is only one of many other speeches that he gave;
  (An example is the "Beyond Vietnam" speech that he gave at Riverside Church in 1967.)

- that Dr. King was stabbed, shot at, spat upon, plus arrested and jailed a number of times;

- that the FBI and other police agencies not only spied on Dr. King, but that they also tried to drive him crazy;

- that on the day of his assassination, the police and FBI had him under surveillance;

Discover more interesting facts about “The Dr. King You Never Hear About and Probably Don't Know” by playing our Martin Luther King Jr. Black History Quiz. It's cultural 'edutainment' while you learn...!

- Article written by Kevin Dunn for Puzzles For Us

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