Please note: Arrowhead offices are closed Monday, Jan. 16, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We’ll reopen Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Dr. King was an American Baptist minister, humanitarian and social activist who led the Civil Rights Movement from the mid-1950s until his death in 1968. We celebrate his life once a year, remembering his legacy of truth, tenacity and peace.

In celebration of his day, we discovered some little-known facts about Dr. King, thanks to

  1. His name was originally Michael, not Martin Luther.  His father was also Michael King, thus the “Jr.” A trip to Germany in 1931 changed all of that, however: in homage to historic German theologian Martin Luther, Michael King Sr. changed his own name.  Michael King Jr. was two years old at the time and King Sr. made the decision to change his son’s name to Martin Luther as well.
  2. He skipped the 9th and 11th grades, entering college at age 15.
  3. King is the youngest male to win the Nobel Peace Prize, at the age of 35 in 1964.
  4. He donated all of his earnings from winning the Nobel Peace Prize ($54,123) to the Civil Rights Movement.
  5. Dr. King’s autopsy revealed that stress had aged him greatly. Despite being just 39 at death, one of the doctors noted he had the heart of a 60-year-old.
  6. Over 700 U.S. streets are named after Martin Luther King Jr.