American Minister and Civil Rights leader. In the Ralph Keyes book on Height, he mentioned Luther"s waxwork measured at 5ft 6.5. Other authors typically described him as being around 5ft 7: "five feet seven inches tall, broad shoulders, muscular neck, tipping the scales at "a heavy-chested 173 lbs".In his autopsy, he was described as a "Well nourished ... male measuring 69 1/2 inches in length and weighing approximately 140 pounds"
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Ian C. said on 1/Aug/21Okay, Rob, we understand why you excised that word in the phrase "well-nourished... male." This is what we all have to do these days, or endure pretty nasty consequences, so I don"t blame you. You were just displaying good manners. I, unfortunately, am an elderly white guy, and have to be forced to be polite on issues like this. You can"t teach an old dog new tricks, but you can punish him if he gets up on the couch and barks out the window at the neighbour"s cat.

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ArjunaKorale said on 10/Jan/18A big-spirited man who saw the future. I have him over 5 feet 6.5 inches (169 cm) tall. I’m around that height and it seems too short for King, who seemed like a slightly taller, bigger-boned man. I believe that a strong 5 ft 7 (at least 170 cm) is his true height. Rob, how about the Dalai Llama? Could you guys please make an entry for this most charismatic of Buddhist leaders.
he might have been over 5ft 7 in younger years, now heading to around 5ft 6, though I haven"t looked much at him.
Peter175 said on 16/Oct/17I still can"t see him as 5"6 range with Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali. Rob how possible is the full 5"7 at least? I remember reading some reports of JFK being 5"11.5 even though extensive reports have him measured at 6ft. MLK has been described as 5"6, 5"7 and 5"9.5, so I think its safe that he"s probably between the two (5"7.25 / 171 is my guess)
last time I looked I decided he was between 5ft 6 and 7...of course you wouldn"t rule out 5ft 7 completely but I never saw enough to go with that figure yet.
Peter175 said on 8/Jun/17Would have honestly guessed 5"8. He looks quite average in crowds. Would be surprised if he was really 5"6
Sam said on 30/Mar/17He never looked tall in crowds in the 60s when the average height was slightly less...I could MLK 5"6"-5"6.5" range.
James said on 18/Dec/16King was exactly 5"6". He probably had special shoes to make himself look taller in public.
MJKoP said on 18/Dec/16A lot of people seem to think he was much taller than he actually was. Paul Winfield(listed here as 6"2") played Dr. King in the 1978 TV mini-series "King" and was mentioned in a newspaper review as having the same height and build as MLK!!!
Arch Stanton said on 18/Dec/16Yes Andrea, that"s why I originally thought he was near 5 ft 8! Maybe he wore lifts at times. If you look at Malcolm X I don"t think you can dispute 6"3, he was taller than Ali. Yes King looked in 13 stone range I think, which for 5"6 range is overweight.
Andrea said on 17/Dec/16There aren"t many good pictures out there with Malcolm but I thought, if Malcolm was really around 6"3, this guy could look taller than just 5"6.5 with him...Click HereIs this a 8.5 inches difference? Mmm...
Arch Stanton said on 17/Dec/16Yeah the more I look at him the more this looks accurate actually!! Seeing him with Kennedy and a few others. At times he could look 5 ft 7 range but in some photos difficult to argue much over 5 ft 6!!
MD, there was a diagram also showing I believe 61 inches to his mouth in the autopsy, this would match up a bit with the overall 69.5...but, it had to be a toe-head measurement (or outright error). It can"t be a heel-head measurement.
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