Do you consider yourself a History expert? How much would you happen to know about the civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr and why we celebrate the ‘Martin Luther King Day’?
Martin Luther King Jr was a legend who played an important role towards the fight for racial equality. There are many incidents and facts that one may or may not know about him.
But if you are one of those people who considers themselves to be a know it all, brace yourself and your test your knowledge with our quiz.
1. How old was Martin Luther King Jr when he won the Noble Peace prize?
Martin Luther King Jr led a great number of campaigns against racial discrimination in hopes to bring about a change in people. His campaigns won him the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize at just the age of 35 in 1968.
2. What was his most famous speech that is remembered by the world even today?
I have a dream was the most inspiring speech that Martin Luther King Jr made at the Lincoln Memorial in front of 250,000 people. It is considered to be one of the greatest speeches ever made.
3. When did Martin Luther King’s race against racial discrimination start?
On 5th December 1955, a Black woman named Rosa Parks refused to give her seat to a white citizen which led to her arrest. This incident led to the famous Montgomery Bus Boycott that was led by ‘The Montgomery Improvement Association’ who was headed by the then President of the Association, Martin Luther King.
4. How many times was Martin Luther King thrown in jail?
Yes! Every leader fighting for rights and one that goes against the ruling government does face consequences. However, not all of King’s arrests were for legitimate reasons but he was arrested over 30 times.
5. Who murdered Martin Luther King Jr?
In 1968, when King was just 39 years old, he was assassinated before his march for poor people against Washington by an American fugitive and felon named James Earl.
6. When was the first Martin Luther King Day celebrated?
The very first MLK Jr Day was celebrated on April 20, 1986, where thousands of people lit candles, went to church and also marched in his honour
7. Which famous singer dedicated a song titled ‘Happy Birthday’ in his memory in 1980?
In the year 1980, the famous Stevie Wonder wrote and dedicated a song titled ‘Happy Birthday’ in memory of Martin Luther King’s birthday, and this song became the song of all the rallies that went out in his name.
8. How many people signed the petition asking for the commencement of Martin Luther King Day?
Yes! It is a huge number but it’s true, the petition that asked for the day to become an official one was signed by 6 million people.
9. A statue in his memory has been erected. Do you know where is this statue situated?
Martin Luther King Jr worked and fought his entire life so that one day every person irrespective of race, colour and religion is treated exactly the same. To honour his memory, a statue was built in Washington DC which stands tall and proud reminding the people of his greatness.
10. When is Martin Luther King Day celebrated?
The third Monday in January is celebrated as Martin Luther King Jr. Day and is also an American federal holiday.
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