Martin Luther King Jr. was an American civil rights leader who played a pivotal role for race relations and civil liberties in the mid 1900’s. In 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, also known as MLK Day of Service, is to be celebrated on Monday, January 18. How well would you do on an MLK trivia test?
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., hundreds of volunteer centers, and volunteers across the country donate their time to make a difference on this day. Will you celebrate MLK day by volunteering your time for a service project?
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Instead of volunteering for service projects, you could always test your MLK knowledge with 26 trivia questions and 10 true/false questions for your family and friends? This is a great way to talk to kids about the impact Martin Luther King Jr. played in American History.
26 Martin Luther King Jr. trivia questions
- In which city was Martin Luther King, Jr. born? Atlanta
- How old was King when he was assassinated? 39
- What year was King assassinated? 1968
- What was King’s father’s profession? Pastor
- Which president signed the first major civil rights act of this century? Lyndon B. Johnson. He signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on July 2 that year.
- In 1964 King won a prestigious prize. Which one was it? Nobel Peace Prize
- What did SCOTUS declare to be unconstitutional in 1956? Segregation of buses
- Whose techniques did King usually follow? Mohandas K Gandhi
- Which president signed the law creating the Martin Luther King holiday? Ronald Reagan. It was in November 1983, more than 15 years after King was killed.
- 10. King led an important protest against what on April 3, 1968? Poverty
- What was the name of King’s first book? Stride Toward Freedom. He was only 29 years old when it was published.
- Why did King travel to Memphis Tennessee in 1968? To fight for better wages for sanitation workers
- What does SCLC stand for? Southern Christian Leadership Council
- Why was King arrested in 1956? Driving too fast. (He was driving 30 mph in a 25 mph zone.) That same year, in the very early days of the civil-rights movement, his house was bombed.
- What was the first Civil Rights action King was involved in? Montgomery Bus Boycott
- Martin Luther King told people what? To promote non violence
- Where did King deliver his “I have a Dream” speech? At the Lincoln Memorial. He addressed a quarter-million people who turned out for the 1963 March on Washington.
- When is Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrated? The third Monday of January.
- What inspired King to help the fight for Civil Rights? He saw injustice in segregation
- What church did King become the pastor of? Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta
- What does CORE mean? Congress Of Racial Equality
- Where was the tactic of the sit-in protest first used? At a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina. The 1960 protest was one of the key moments in the civil-rights movement.
- What does NAACP stand for? National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
- What age did King enter Morehouse College? 16
- What year was the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday first observed? 1986. The first legislation for the holiday had been proposed almost 18 years earlier.
- Which event might be seen as King’s greatest accomplishment as a Civil Rights leader? March on Washington
10 Martin Luther King Jr. True or False questions:
- King knew his life was going to be cut short. True: He stated in many speeches that his life was probably going to end soon, especially the speech he gave on April 3, 1968.
- King used force to get his point across. False: King always used some type of a peaceful protest
- King followed Gandhi’s ways. True: King took a trip to study Gandhi’s ways
- King had siblings. True: An older sister, Christine, and a younger brother, Alfred Daniel
- King followed his father. True: He followed his father’s teachings of racial discrimination
- King was the oldest man to win the Nobel Peace Prize. False: he was the youngest to receive the Nobel Peace Prize
- King wrote all of his own speeches. False: There were times he took parts of other speeches to modify his speeches without proper permission/documentations. This was also true of his academic work, as reported in Wikipedia.
- The month King was shot was March. False: King was assassinated on April 4, 1968
- King’s protests were not peaceful. False: his protests were always peaceful
- King was married. True: he was married and had three children
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