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Martin Luther King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others? ’” As we commemorate MLK's legacy on Jan. 21, many individuals and groups are following the president’s call to make it a day of service to others. Whether you volunteer today, test your knowledge of this great American with this quiz about him.

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  • 1. 
    The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech April 3, 1968, at Mason Temple, the Church of God in Christ Headquarters, in Memphis, Tenn. In it, he said: “We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop.” Scholars say his speech was foreshadowing what?
    • A. 

      The election of an African-American president

    • B. 

      His own death

    • C. 

      The Civil Rights Act of 1968

  • 2. 
    King grew up in Atlanta, where he attended segregated public schools. He left high school at age 15 without formally graduating. He graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta in 1948 and received a bachelor of divinity degree in 1951 from Crozer Theological Seminary near Chester, Pa. Where did King study for and receive his doctorate of divinity degree?
    • A. 

      Boston University

    • B. 

      Harvard Divinity School

    • C. 

      Duke Divinity School

  • 3. 
    Where did Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his “I Have a Dream” speech that included these words: “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.’ I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood ... I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
    • A. 

      Courthouse in Montgomery, Ala.

    • B. 

      Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga.

    • C. 

      Lincoln Monument in Washington, D.C.

  • 4. 
    King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for leading nonviolent protest campaigns against discrimination. He was arrested repeatedly, assaulted many times and his home was bombed due to his actions. The FBI kept a massive file on him. What specific incident did the Nobel committee cite in its presentation speech?
    • A. 

      Desegregation of Chicago housing

    • B. 

      March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

    • C. 

      Bus boycott in Montgomery, Ala.

  • 5. 
    What organization named King its “Man of the Year” for 1963?
    • A. 

      Time magazine

    • B. 

      The Southern Baptist Convention

    • C. 

      The United Nations

  • 6. 
    King was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. Years later, a portion of the building was incorporated into what in Memphis?
    • A. 

      Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church

    • B. 

      National Civil Rights Museum

    • C. 

      Martin Luther King Peace Park

  • 7. 
    From whom did King draw his principles of nonviolent resistance?
    • A. 

      Sanjay Gandhi

    • B. 

      Indira Gandhi

    • C. 

      Mohandas Gandhi

  • 8. 
    In 1983, Congress made the third Monday in January a national holiday in honor of King, who remains the only African-American to be commemorated in this way. When was the first Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observed?
    • A. 

      Jan. 21, 1985

    • B. 

      Jan. 20, 1986

    • C. 

      Jan. 19, 1987

  • 9. 
    King had a number of advisors. Which one of these close advisors, all clergymen like King, went on to be a U.S. Congressman, mayor and United Nations ambassador?
    • A. 

      Andrew Young

    • B. 

      Ralph Abernathy

    • C. 

      Jesse Jackson

  • 10. 
    King spoke in Omaha in June 1958. Where did he speak?
    • A. 

      Civic Auditorium

    • B. 

      Salem Baptist Church

    • C. 

      North High School

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