Martin Luther King Jr Birthday
 
 
 
 
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Martin Luther King Jr BirthdayHoliday: Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday

Martin Luther King, Jr. was an African American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the American civil rights movement. He made progress to secure civil rights in the United States.
 
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Video Script: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Hi. In the classroom today you will learn about Martin Luther King, Jr., an important person in American history.

Today is the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15th, 1929.

He was an African American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the American civil rights movement.

He made progress to secure civil rights in the United States.

King became a civil rights activist early in his career.

He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott.

King's efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

In 1964, King became the youngest person to achieve the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination.

King was assassinated on April 4th, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. national holiday in 1986.

The holiday is celebrated on the Monday following the day of his birthday.

He was one of the great leaders in American history.

Until next time.
From YOUR Teacher: Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday

This incredible man was proof that one person can make many changes to an entire country. He had many quotes but this is my favorite.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
Video: Famous Speech
Martin Luther King, Jr., "I Have a Dream" - Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech during the 1963 March on Washington. D. C. Watch the full version of his famous speech in the video below. Try to understand as much of the video as possible. Use a dictionary to look up words you do not understand.
Test: Reading Comprehension Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday

Read the video script or watch the video above. In the test questions below choose which is the best answer for each question. There are 10 questions. Good luck.
1.  When was Martin Luther King, Jr. born?

a.  April 4th, 1955
b.  January 15th, 1955
c.  January 15th, 1929
d.  April 4th, 1929
2.  Martin Luther King, Jr. was not which of the following?

a.  clergyman
b.  professional football player
c.  activist
d.  prominent leader
3.  Martin Luther King, Jr. made progress to secure which of the following?

a.  free bus rides for blacks
b.  credit cards
c.  civic duties
d.  civil rights
4.  When did King become a civil rights activist?

a.  early in his career
b.  during college
c.  as a teenager
d.  at age 21
5.  What did King lead in 1955?

a.  hunger march
b.  Washington Redskins
c.  Montgomery Bus Boycott
d.  National Football League
6.  Where did King deliver his famous “I Have a Dream” speech?

a.  New York City
b.  Buffalo
c.  Chicago
d.  Washington
7.  In 1964, King became the youngest person to achieve which of the following?

a.  Black Eyed Peas Prize
b.  Nobel Peace Prize
c.  Global Peace Prize
d.  Green Peas Prize
8.  Where was King assassinated on April 4th, 1968?

a.  New York City, New York
b.  Chicago, Illinois
c.  Memphis, Tennessee
d.  Los Angeles, California
9.  When was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day established as a U.S. national holiday?

a.  1929
b.  1986
c.  1955
d.  1968
10.  When is the holiday celebrated?

a.  Monday following his birthday
b.  Sunday following his birthday
c.  Monday after New Years
d.  Friday following his birthday
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