Happy Belated Birthday to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who would have been 85 on January 15th, 2014. Many folks fail to know that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. traveled outside of the United States. In the eleven-year period between 1957 and 1968, King traveled over six million miles and spoke over twenty-five hundred times, appearing wherever there was injustice, protest, and action. Not only did he visit Honolulu, Hawaii, the Berlin Wall in Berlin, Germany but he also traveled to Oslo, Norway to receive his Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 (the youngest recipient ever at 35 years old). King also made a special trip to India to pay homage to his idol Mahatma Gandhi.In his autobiography, King stated that “Gandhi was the guiding light of our technique of nonviolent social change” during the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott in 1956 that ended segregation on that city’s buses, and throughout the years King led the American civil rights movement. King wanted to see for himself the results of Gandhi’s nonviolent campaign to end British colonial rule and improve the lives of India’s “untouchables” (members of the lowest social caste). He was invited by then Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, and along with his wife, Coretta, and biographer Lawrence Reddick, he arrived in Bombay (now Mumbai) on February 9, 1959. His group traveled to New Delhi and several other cities over a month long period. The 50th anniversary of that historic journey was commemorated in February, 2009 with a visit to India by King’s son, Martin Luther King III; members of the U.S. Congress, including Representative John Lewis, the last surviving speaker from the 1963 March on Washington; Clayborne Carson, editor of several volumes of King’s papers; jazz musician Herbie Hancock; and others. Learn more about the late Dr. King here..