Welcome back to school Madison students and families! We hope you enjoyed your long weekend.
This past Monday, Madison schools were closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (MLK Day), a federal holiday that takes place every third Monday of January. Madison students across the district have learned who Martin Luther King, Jr. was and why his leadership was so critical to the civil rights movement. We all enjoy a day off school, but it’s also important to understand the inspiration for the holiday.
How much do you and your Madison student know about Dr. King and MLK day? Below are a few interesting and little-known facts:
Did you know Dr. King was actually born as Michael Luther King Jr? When Dr. King was five, his father visited Germany and found inspiration in the Protestant leader Martin Luther. When he returned to the United States, he changed both his and his son’s names to Martin Luther King.
Dr. King is well known for his many inspiring speeches. However, he wasn’t always a great speaker. In fact, he got a “C” in public speaking during his first year at seminary school. By his final year, he improved to get straight-As and be named class valedictorian.