Why did Michael King change his name to Martin Luther King?
According to all accounts, the name on Martin Luther King’s birth certificate is Michael and there is no evidence that he changed it. He didn’t pick the name Martin Luther out of the air, however. It was the name his father used and claimed to have given to his son. According to Africana.com, Martin Luther King, Sr. said that his son’s given name was Martin Luther but that the doctor who delivered him put “Michael” on the birth certificate, something he didn’t know until much later. Until adulthood, Martin Luther King, Jr. was known as “M.L.” or “Michael.” Original site: http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/m/mlk.