Advertisement

More on MLK Jr. Day

While interviewing students at Leith Walk Elementary School for an article about Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy, fifth-grader Isaiah Pride mentioned that he'd like to learn more about the slain civil rights leader – specifically his name. Pride told me that he'd heard that Martin Luther King wasn't his given name. I assured him that it was indeed.

Advertisement

Little did I know.

In a conversation with another fifth-grader over the weekend – my goddaughter – I learned that King's original name was Michael King, Jr., and that his father later changed both of their names.

Sorry, Isaiah – you were right. And don't worry, I won't be appearing on "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" anytime soon.

Advertisement
Advertisement