Indeed, Martin Luther King was born Michael King in 1929, it was as a teenager he chose to change his name to Martin Luther King Jr, after his father the preacher.
Why did Dr Martin Luther King Jr change his name?
“Daddy King himself said he changed the name because he had an uncle named Martin and an uncle named Luther, and he was following his father’s wishes to change the name,” Carson said.
When did MLK change his name to Martin?
On July 23, 1959 “Michael King” became, legally, Martin Luther King Jr. King’s father, also named Michael King and sometimes known as M.L.