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10 Things You Didn't Know About Martin Luther King, Jr. (PHOTOS)

01/21/2013 09:49 am ET | Updated Jan 21, 2013

Today we honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the iconic civil rights leader known for his non-violent stance. As we simultaneously celebrate our nation's first black president officially beginning his second term in office, King's impact on racial equality and the future of this country are more palpable than ever.

We'd like to revisit the legacy of Dr. King through some of our favorite portraits and little-known facts about the American icon. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves that the reverential figure and cultural icon was a human being who liked a good slice of pie and who regularly watched "Star Trek."

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! Remember the poetic orator with a look back at his best speeches, courtesy of HuffPost Black Voices, and see our "10 Things You Didn't Know" about Dr. King in the slideshow below.

Martin Luther King Jr.

New Yorkers: If you'd like to appreciate MLK inspired artwork outside the digital realm, the New York Historical Society is exhibiting "The Dream Continues: Photographs of Martin Luther King Murals" by photographer Camilo Vergara.

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