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Martin Luther King Jr.

Where was Martin Luther King Jr.


born?

a. Atlanta, Georgia
b. Birmingham, Alabama
c. Marietta, Georgia
d. Mobile, Alabama

Answer:

Atlanta, Georgia

What was King's father's profession?

a. Doctor
b. Fireman
c. Pastor
d. Professor

Answer:
Pastor

In 1955, Rosa Parks became a symbol of the civil rights movement. Why did she have such a huge influence on Dr. King and other
civil rights leaders?

a. She was a student who attempted to


desegregate a Southern university
b. She was a Southern black woman who refused
to give up her seat on the bus to a white man
c. She wrote The Color Purple

Answer:
She was a Southern black woman who refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white man

What early event established


King as an important civil
rights leader?
a. a march to Washington, D.C., for civil
rights
b. a sit-in at city diners
c. a boycott of the city buses
d. a demonstration outside a county jail

Answer:
a boycott of the city buses
After Rosa Parks arrest for refusing to give
up her bus seat, 26-year-old King was
chosen from among local ministers to lead
the boycott of the Montgomery, Ala., bus
system. The boycott began in December
1955 and lasted just over a year, until the
US Supreme Court ruled that segregated
buses were unconstitutional. Montgomery
buses were integrated, and King emerged
as one of the more important civil rights
leaders in the nation.

What did the Supreme Court


declare to be unconstitutional
in 1956?

a. segregation of schools
b. inequality based on race
c. jail terms for civil-rights
demonstrators
d. segregation of buses

Answer:
segregation of buses

What was the goal of the


Southern Christian Leadership
Conference?
a. inspiring white clergy to support civil rights
b. equality for black people
c. voting rights for all Americans
d. training effective leaders for the black
community

Answer:
equality for black
people
King was the first president of the
Southern Christian Leadership
Conference (SCLC). Under his leadership,
the organization helped tie together
African-American churches and lead them
in nonviolent protests. It played a role in
nearly all of King's major protests.

Whose teachings inspired King's


philosophy of nonviolence?
a. Indian spiritual and political leader Mohandas
Gandhi
b. American philosopher Henry David Thoreau
c. German journalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner
Carl von Ossietzky
d. American scientist and Nobel Peace Prize
winner Linus Pauling

Answer:
Indian spiritual and political leader Mohandas Gandhi

King was awarded __________ in 1964.

a. a Bronze Star
b. the Nobel Peace Prize
c. the Pulitzer Prize
d. a Medal of Hono

Answer:

the Nobel Peace Prize

At age 35 in 1965, King


received the Nobel Peace Prize,
then the youngest person to be
awarded it.

Why did King travel to


Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968?
a. to receive an honorary degree
b. to participate in a conference of civil
rights leaders
c. to visit his wife and children
d. to fight for better wages for sanitation
workers

Answer:

to fight for better wages for


sanitation workers

What was Kings final speech?

a. I Have a Dream
b. Ive Been to a Mountaintop
c. Showdown for Nonviolence
d. Behind the Selma March

Answer:
Ive Been to a Mountaintop

King gave his final speech at Mason Temple, the world


headquarters of the Church of God in Christ in
Memphis, Tenn. In the speech, King hinted at the
danger he lived with, and likened himself to Moses:
Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity
has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I
just want to do God's will.

How did King die?


a. he was shot by an assassin
b. he had a heart attack
c. he was killed in a plane crash
d. he was killed in the Vietnam War

Answer:
he was shot by an
assassin

James Earl
Ray

More Information on MLK JR


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