by Jameelah Mullen
February 3, 2024
A visit to Germany modified Martin Luther King’s life.
Have you ever heard of Michael King? This Nobel Peace Prize winner was a famend theologian, writer, civil rights activist and has been lauded as one of many biggest orators of the twentieth century. However you could know him as Martin Luther King.
That’s proper, the well-known civil rights chief was born Michael King, Jr. When he was five-years-old, his father, Michael King Sr., modified their names.
Within the sixteenth century, a German Theologian named Martin Luther (1483-1546) challenged the ideologies of Catholicism and spearheaded the Protestant Reformation. He went on to discovered the Protestant church.
It’s seemingly that King Sr., a Baptist minister, discovered extra about Martin Luther’s story when he visited Germany in 1934.
“It was a giant deal for him to go there, to the birthplace of Protestantism,” Clayborne Carson, editor of The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., instructed the Washington Submit.
“That in all probability implanted the thought of fixing his title to Martin Luther King,” he continued.
Actor Kelvin Harrison Jr., who performs the civil rights activist within the new sequence Genius:MLK/X, expressed his shock concerning the title change in an interview with Folks.
“I couldn’t consider his title was Michael. Was anyone else shocked by that? I imply, that was fairly cool,” he mentioned.
Harrison went to replicate on what could have meant for King, Jr. to be renamed after the spiritual chief.
“I believed it was such a pivotal second in his life that the majority of us would by no means should encounter,” he famous.
Genius:MLK/ X is the fourth Installment of Nationwide Geographic’s docu-drama sequence that depicts the lives of historic figures. The eight-episode sequence will cowl the childhood of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.
The sequence premiered Feb. 1 on Nationwide Geographic.
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