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Martin Luther King’s college career is definitely worthy of recognition, as he is one of our nation’s most famous graduates of a historically black college and university. Check out these five facts about the education King received on his way to making a lasting impact on our country before his assassination in 1968.

Martin Luther King Jr. graduated from high school in Atlanta at age 15.

He entered Morehouse College, a HBCU for men in Atlanta, as an early-admission student in 1944.

At Morehouse, King was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the nation’s oldest fraternity for Blacks.

He earned a divinity degree from Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania in 1951 and then his doctorate from Boston University’s School of Theology in 1955.

MLK received his bachelor’s degree of arts in sociology from Morehouse in 1948 (his grandfather and father also graduated from Morehouse, and his son, Martin Luther King III is a Morehouse man).

When you go back to school or work tomorrow, go ahead and bring up King and his legacy with your teachers and friends (maybe one of these facts can help create a discussion about him and college). And if you’re in the midst of college application madness, get some inspiration from this well-educated man who was so important in our nation’s history.

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Lori Johnston

Lori Johnston is a freelance writer based in Athens, Ga. She is a former Associated Press reporter and has contributed to many publications, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle, and People magazine. A 1995 graduate of the University of Georgia, Johnston also serves as an adjunct professor in the school’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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