Beyond the dream: 7 lesser-known facts about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington, D.C.
The Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington, D.C. | The Christian Post/Nicole Alcindor

Every year on the third Monday in January, the United States celebrates the life of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

King is widely known and respected for his commitment to racial equality, advocating for a nonviolent method of social changes, and preaching unforgettable words to mass audiences.

While popular memory has enshrined this image of King, the late civil rights leader was a man of many positions and actions, as well as the occasional flaw.

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As one observes this year's MLK Day, consider some of the lesser-known facts about the life and views of King.

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