The only reason MLK was on the hotel balcony where he would be assassinated was because he was taking a break from a pillow fight in his room. As a sign of solidarity, shortly after King’s assassination the Black Panthers held one of the largest pillow fights in memory.
There is no place you can legally watch and listen to the entire “I Have a Dream” speech for free, as the recording is owned and licensed by the EMI Publishing and the King Family. The only way to legally watch the speech in it’s entirety is to buy a copy.
Martin Luther King Jr’s assassin, James Earl Ray was once erroneously honored during a parade which intended to praise the actor James Earl Jones. Lauderdale, Florida accidentally created a plaque in January 2002 which read ‘Thanks James Earl Ray for keeping the dream alive’.
When Martin Luther King Jr.’s Nobel Peace Prize celebration dinner was not well supported the then CEO of Coca-Cola threatened to pull the company out of Atlanta out of embarrassment.
Six years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, his mother, Alberta King, was assassinated while playing the organ at her church.
The NFL moved 1993 Super Bowl from Arizona after residents there voted against recognizing Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Martin Luther King Jr. received a C in public speaking.
Martin Luther King Jr. said homosexuality was a problem that required psychiatric attention.
When Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize Atlanta threw him a celebration party that almost had to be cancelled due to opposition. Coca-Cola’s CEO threatened to take the company out of Atlanta out of embarrassment that the city’s people wouldn’t honor their Nobel Prize winner.