Mandela and MLK: What They Had in Common

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Men of Many Names

Nelson Mandela was born Rolihlahla Mandela and was given the English name Nelson by his first teacher.

Martin Luther King Jr. was christened Michael King Jr. His name was changed at age 6 when his father took the name Martin Luther King Sr., in honor of Protestant leader Martin Luther.

(Photo: Reuters/Landov)