He graduated high school at 15 years old.
At the age of 35, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to further the civil rights movement.
In the 11-year period between 1957 and 1968, King traveled over six million miles and spoke over 2,500 times, appearing wherever there was injustice.
He wrote five books as well as numerous articles in his lifetime.
My mom and dad had planned to travel from Detroit to Memphis,Tennessee (where my grandmother lived) to hear his famous "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech, but couldn't travel. My mom was pregnant with me at the time and due to give birth in May.
They didn't travel. Instead they listened to the speech on the radio at home.
A day later at 6:01pm, April 4th, 1968 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, he was assassinated buy someone who didn't share his dream. My mom still tells that story to this day. I think she's bitter about not attending the march (wink).
He was my age...39 years old.
It was a short time ago (although it seems longer), but today we celebrate the contributions of what one man's vision can make to the world.
Enjoy your day.