Born with a different name
His father was born “Michael King” and Martin Luther King Jr. was originally called “Michael King Jr”. After a family trip to Germany his father, a pastor and missionary, changed both of their names to “Martin Luther” after the German Protestant Reformer.
At 12 years old he jumped out of a second story window in an apparent suicide attempt following the death of his grandmother.
Was a prodigious student
He skipped two grades and left for college before formally graduating high school.
Received a bachelors degree at 19
Entering Moorehouse College at the age of 15, he was accepted as part of a early admittance program that was aimed to boost enrollment during the war.
Didn’t want to become a minister at first
Originally King had decided against entering the ministry and was considering becoming a doctor or a lawyer.