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Remembering Dr. King...Take our quiz!

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1. A few years after his marriage to Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King, Jr. studied the philosophy of what well-known political leader?
a) Abraham Lincoln b) Julius Caesar c) Mohandas Gandhi d) Nelson Mandela

2. What was Rosa Parks famous for?
a) leading slaves to freedom in the Underground Railroad b) causing the University of Alabama to become racially integrated  c) refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man

3. What was the name of King's first book?
a) We shall Overcome  b) I Have a Dream c) The Color Purple d) Stride Toward Freedom

4. Where was the first sit-in?
a) at a high school in Little Rock, Arkansas b) in front of the Lincoln Memorial c) on a march in Selma, Alabama d) at a Ku Klux Klan parade in Skokie, Illinois e) at a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina

5. Where did Martin Luther King give his famous "I Have A Dream" speech?
a) on the steps of the courthouse in Montgomery, Alabama b) at the Ebenezer Baptist Church c) in front of the White House d) at the Lincoln Memorial

6. In 1964, Martin Luther King received what prestigious award?
a) Pulitzer Prize b) Nobel Peace Prize c) Nobel Prize for Literature d) none of the above.

7. Just prior to his assassination, why did Martin Luther King go to Memphis, Tennessee?
a) to begin a march on Washington b) to support a strike by sanitation workers  c) to protest school segregation

8. What black leader was killed five years before King's assassination?
a) Nelson Mandela b) Malcolm X c) Stokely Carmichel d) James Baldwin e) Medgar Evers

9. Who was arrested for the murder of Martin Luther King?
a) James Earl Ray b) Lee Harvey Oswald c) Sirhan Sirhan d) Jack Ruby

10. Which president signed the first major civil rights act of the 1900s?
a) Abraham Lincoln b) Teddy Roosevelt c) John F. Kennedy d) Lyndon B. Johnson




1. C. King admired Gandhi very much and travelled to India in 1959.

2. C. Rosa Parks was arrested on Montgomery, Alabama, for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. Her arrest led to a year-long bus boycott by blacks who hoped to desegregate the bus system.

3. D. His first book, Stride Toward Freedom, was published when he was just 29 years old.

4. E. The first sit-in took place a a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1960. This protest was a key moment in the civil rights movement.

5. D. He gave his often-quoted "I Have A Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial to the quarter-million people who turned out for the 1963 March on Washington.

6. B. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his work leading non-violent protests for civil rights.

7. B. He was assassinated during his visit to Memphis following a speech he gave in support of a strike by Black sanitation workers.

8. E. Medger Evers, leader of the NAACP, was murdered in 1963. Martin Luther King was killed in 1968.

9. A. James Earl Ray was tried and convicted for the murder of Martin Luther King. He spent 30 years in prison, during which time he continued to proclaim his innocence. Some of Martin Luther King's closest associates and family also believed James Earl Ray was not guilty of the murder and came out in support of a new trial. They wanted the true killer to be brought to justice. However, James Earl Ray never got a chance to have a second trial; he died in prison of liver cancer at the age of 70.

10. D. Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on July 2 of that year. In November, 1983, more than 15 years after Dr. King was killed, President Ronald Reagan signed the law creating the Martin Luther King Holiday.

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