Names are so important because they have special meaning which can influence one's life. Names can affect the personality traits of its bearer, studies have shown. For example, a person named “Mr. Blasé” tends to be carefree and calm. In contrast, a girl who is named “Miss Pat” is characterized by her social skills and talkative personality. Likewise, the name Rawat, which is equivalent to Raja in Hindi, means “care for”.
This is probably why Prem Rawat has become an ambassador of peace, striving for the global harmony since the age of four. Another well-known figure in the world of peacekeeping is Martin Luther King, the civil rights leader. He was born under another first name. In this article, we will take a look at his real first name and the reasons why he changed his name.
What was Luther King's real first name?
- Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. His birth name was Michael Luther King rather than Martin Luther King. He was the son of Reverend Michael King, who served as a senior pastor at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, USA.
- In 1934, his father had a whirlwind trip in Germany, when religious reform was still popular. At that time, the influence of the Protestant religious Reform was inspiring. In other words, he was moved by Martin Luther, the leader of the religious reform; thus, he decided to name himself and his son after the religious reformer.
- In summer of 1957, his father's birth certificate was officially revised, with the proposal to change his initial first name into the new one. When he was only 5 years old, Martin Luther King's birth certificate was equally to be changed.
- On July 23, 1959,Reverend Michael King's name became legally Martin Luther King; and Michael Luther King's name was also changed into Martin Luther King, Jr.
Who was Reverend Martin King?
Being the senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church Reverend Michael King or M.L. King, in Atlanta, he was sent on a mission to many countries, like Rome, Tunisia, Egypt, Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Later on, in 1934, he was sent to another journey to Berlin. The purpose of his trip, according to the Martin Luther King, Jr.'s research, was to attend a Baptist World Alliance meeting. Back then, he was a researcher at Stanford University.
During his trip in Germany, he toured the country, and visited the city where religious reform took place. He made researches about what happened in 1517, when Martin Luther, who was a monk and theologian, challenged the Catholic authority. He publicly denounced the Catholic Church for oppressing the Jews; but he also criticized the Nazi Germany for their discrimination against colored people.
Therefore, he led the Protestant religious reform. Those facts transformed Reverend King and triggered him to change both his name and his son's name. Later, Martin Luther King, Jr., was known as MLK because that was how he used to sign his letters to his mother and to his future wife.
Like Prem Rawat, MLK was a promoter of peace and has shaped the lives of millions of people to peace and happiness.