By the Numbers
Wednesday, January 01, 2003
Martin Luther King Jr.
This month marks the 74th anniversary of the birth of famed civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Few have had as much impact upon the American consciousness about issues of race relations and discrimination as the charismatic King.
In honor of his legacy, the following offers a glimpse of his life by the numbers:
1929 The year Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta.
19 King's age when he received a BA in sociology from Morehouse College.
30 Number of times King was arrested for civil rights activities.
18 Number of years that passed after King's assassination before the day in his honor was first observed.
29 King's age when he published his first book, "Stride Toward Freedom.”
5 Number of books authored by King.
1957 The year black ministers formed what became known as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and named King its first president.
35 King's age when he became the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
38 Number of days King's organization, the Montgomery Improvement Association, successfully boycotted segregated buses in Montgomery, Ala.
780,000 Number of miles King traveled in 1957 as he crisscrossed the country giving speeches.
208 Number of speeches King gave in 1957, a typical year.
116 Number of U.S. public schools named after King.
11 Number of times Martin Luther King Jr. said the word "dream"in his famous "I Have a Dream"speech.
3,200 Number of marchers who joined King's 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala.
3,300 Number of African Americans, including King, who were jailed during the demonstrations in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963.
250,000 Number of people at the March on Washington D.C., during which King delivered the "I Have a Dream"speech.
99 Number of years King's assassin, James Earl Ray, was sentenced to jail.
-- Catherine Learned