In the midst of two national celebrations yesterday, Chattanooga received its own bit of national press.
The Huffington Post featured the mural of Martin Luther King Jr. at Peeples Street and East M.L. King Boulevard in an article highlighting “10 Things You Didn’t Know About Martin Luther King Jr.”
The Chattanooga mural is located on the side of the Blue Boy Barber Shop. Based on a photograph taken by Flip Schulke, it was painted in the summer of 2012 by local artist Kevin Bate.
A picture of the black and white mural appeared on the first of 11 slides, detailing the civil rights leader’s name change from Michael to Martin: Martin Luther King Jr.’s father legally changed both his and his son’s names, making himself a senior and his son a junior, when his son was 6 years old.
The Huffington Post reported that the alteration was a tribute to the German reformer.
Other little-known facts? Martin Luther King Jr. skipped two grades of high school to start college as a 15-year-old student. His favorite meal consisted of fried chicken and pecan pie. There are more than 900 streets that bear his name.
The lauded “I Have a Dream” speech, which has stood as a seminal moment in the civil rights movement and American history, was primarily off the cuff. In his autobiography, the legendary orator explained that the speech was mostly improvised.
Updated @ 3:27 p.m. on 1/29/13 to correct a factual error: It was painted by Kevin Bate, not Kevin Bates, as originally reported.