News Story

Close
Thursday, January 15, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. was a Boy Scout

by Bryan on Scouting - Blog
© Bryan on Scouting - Blog

Martin Luther King Jr., the American civil rights hero whose life we celebrate every year around this time, was a Boy Scout.

Just typing that gives me chills. It’s a fact that should make Scouts everywhere remarkably proud.

I had read rumors online claiming MLK was a Boy Scout, but this week I got confirmation: From age 11 to age 13, King was registered as a member of Troop 151 in Atlanta.

Read the full story
  • Comments (29)
  • Pine Tree Council Image
    3 years ago
    Mike Gervais
    Thanks for posting Bryan! This is a cool fun fact for the scouts.
    Pending Approval
  • Sequoyah Council Image
    Committee Member
    3 years ago
    Mr. Brad Leath
    This is awesome! I had my Bear Scouts watch the "I have a dream" speech when we met just before MLK Day. I wish I would have known this then. I will certainly present it a little differently next year! Thanks!
    Pending Approval
  • Sam Houston Area Council Image
    Pack Trainer
    Trained Strip
    3 years ago
    Raul Benitez
    First review and it is easy to use and very comprehensive. Now if we can all do the same that would be great.
    Pending Approval
  • National Capital Area Council Image
    3 years ago
    Howard Donaldson
    That's awesome news!
    Pending Approval
  • Pathway to Adventure Image
    2 years ago
    Pachina Fletcher-Bey
    Wonderful information I will pass this on to our scouts Thanks
    Pending Approval
  • Blue Grass Council Image
    Committee Member
    Trained Strip
    2 years ago
    Kevin Thompson
    Wow, this is great. I can pass this on to my son's to continue to motivate them to achieve their goal to become Eagle Scouts.
    Pending Approval
  • North Florida Council Image
    Crew Advisor
    2 years ago
    Patrick Keenan
    So cool ! I will use this in an upcoming Eagle Scout ceremony.
    Pending Approval
  • Occoneechee Image
    2 years ago
    Mary Patterson
    What a nice cool fact. I shall share this information with my son and the den. Pack#137 Durham,NC
    Pending Approval
  • California Inland Empire Council Image
    Lion Guide
    Trained Strip
    2 years ago
    EJ Jackson
    Wow! I did not know this... Thanks for sharing.
    Pending Approval
  • Rio Grande Council Image
    Assistant Scoutmaster
    2 years ago
    David Ruiz
    Good to know I'll share to my son and pack #61 and pack #36 in the Rio Grande Valley, Harlingen South Texas.
    Pending Approval
  • Longhorn Council Image
    2 years ago
    Charles Ross
    I was a scout for 4 years in Hereford Tx from 1966-1970. I could not continue because I had to work with my mother to support the family. I did not know Martin Luther King was a scout.
    Pending Approval
  • Grand Canyon Council Image
    2 years ago
    Jerry Crosby
    Simply Awesome!
    Pending Approval
  • Colonial Virginia Council Image
    Assistant Scoutmaster
    2 years ago
    David McDonald
    Awesome
    Pending Approval
  • Central Florida Council Image
    2 years ago
    Adrian R.
    wow thats unbelievable wow amazing
    Pending Approval
  • Ore-Ida Council 106 - BSA Image
    2 years ago
    Natacha Eddington
    Awesome!
    Pending Approval
  • Transatlantic Council, BSA Image
    2 years ago
    Wild Bill Gwaltney
    Not only does Dr. MLK, Jr. get credit, but credit too belongs to the man or men who served as his Scoutmasters.
    Pending Approval
  • Baden-Powell Council Image
    Committee Chairman
    2 years ago
    Glenn Stevens
    Great. Confirms Scouting is an important stone in a young man's foundation. ..
    Pending Approval
  • National Capital Area Council Image
    2 years ago
    Craig Miles
    Awesome. Thanks for sharing. He is my role model and also I had learned that our Vice President (Joe Biden) was one as well.
    Pending Approval
  • Far East Council Image
    a year ago
    Joel Ostrom
    I'm proud to be associated with Martin Luther King Jr. I admire his leadership, kindness and courage.
    Pending Approval
  • Transatlantic Council, BSA Image
    a year ago
    Ray M.
    Wow. I wonder if any other famous people were scouts.
    Pending Approval
  • Northeast Georgia Council Image
    a year ago
    Kristen Dudley
    That's awesome!!! I didn't know that so thanks for sharing!
    Pending Approval
  • Great Salt Lake Council Image
    a year ago
    Wayne Lee
    Great article! Can't wait to share this with my Scouts. Thanks for sharing.
    Pending Approval
  • Heart of America Council Image
    a year ago
    Dan Smock
    Very fascinating. The Scouting movement has enriched so many lives including this great American.
    Pending Approval
  • The Spirit of Adventure Image
    a year ago
    Linda Fordjour
    oh my sons need to hear this, they will be very proud of themselves.
    Pending Approval
  • Cape Fear Council Image
    10 months ago
    David Evans
    Awesome piece of information.
    Pending Approval
  • Coastal Carolina Council Image
    Committee Member
    8 months ago
    Juan Miller
    This is really nice to know
    Pending Approval
  • Old North State Council Image
    3 months ago
    Cris Jaeger
    I did not know that. It`s a mind blowing fact.
    Pending Approval
  • South Florida Council Image
    Committee Member
    2 months ago
    Cynthia Oladapo
    Obama was also a Cub Scout in Indonesia.
    Pending Approval
  • Ozark Trails Council Image
    a month ago
    Anna Nobriga
    Wow that is so totally awesome!!
    Pending Approval
  • profile photo
    just now
    Your Name

Delete Comment?

Are you sure you want to delete your comment?

This action cannot be undone.