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Dr. Martin Luther King

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., (1929-1968) was a pivotal figure in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950-60s, and was instrumental in sweeping changes in American law and policy that discriminated against fellow citizens because of the color of their skin.  In 1963 he led a march on Washington, DC where he gave his most-remembered speech telling a crowd of a quarter-million people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial: 

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed; ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’"

Subsequent to his untimely death at the hands of an assassin in 1968, the third Monday in January of each year is celebrated as a National holiday--Dr. Martin Luther King Day--in memory and tribute to a great American who dedicated his life to the country he loved and righting the wrongs of generations bound by racial prejudice.  

How many of the following questions about Dr. Martin Luther King can YOU answer correctly?

Martin Luther King graduated from Morehouse College with a B.A. in Sociology.  How old was he at the time of graduation?

 Your Answer


  1. 19
  2. 20
  3. 21
  4. 22
  5. Older than 22

In opposition to segregation in public transportation a bus boycott was launched in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955 after an African-American woman, Rosa Parks, was arrested on December 1, 1955 for refusing to give up her seat to a white person. The following month Dr. King was arrested for the first time and four days later his house was bombed.  What was Dr. King charged with on that first arrest on January 26, 1956?

Your Answer


  1. Unlawful assembly.
  2. Driving 30 mph in a 25 mph speed zone.
  3. Inciting to riot.
  4. Violation of Jim Crow laws.
  5. Obstruction of public transportation.

Dr. King's approach to non-violent protest is often remembered for the "sit in" method of protest.  The first sit in occurred in 1960.  Where? 

Your Answer


  1. On a bus in Birmingham, Alabama
  2. At a high school in Little Rock, Arkansas
  3. At the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC
  4. At a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina
  5. On a march in Selma, Alabama

Which one of the following is NOT a true statement concerning Dr. Martin Luther King's award of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Your Answer

  1. He was the first Black man in history to receive the award
  2. He was the second American in history to receive the award.
  3. He was the youngest man in history to receive the award.

On April 4, 1968, after leading America towards his dream of equality through many successful changes in law and policy, Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.  His life and achievements are now remembered in the first National holiday of each year (after New Years Day.)  What U.S. President signed the law making the third Monday in January Dr. Martin Luther King Day?

Your Answer


  1. Gerald Ford
  2. Jimmy Carter
  3. Ronald Reagan
  4. George H. W. Bush
  5. Bill Clinton

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