MLK Quiz by Keith Williams

(By Keith Williams)

 

Martin Luther King’s Birthday became a federal holiday under what president?

Richard Nixon

Jimmy Carter

Ronald Reagan

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For several weeks in September 1957, the National Guard prevented Elizabeth Eckford and eight other black students from attending what city’s all-white Central High School?

Atlanta

Greenville, N.C.

Little Rock, Ark.

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One of the “real heroes” named by Dr. King in his “Letter From Birmingham Jail” was what college student who had successfully challenged the segregation policy at the University of Mississippi?

James Meredith

John Lewis

Stokely Carmichael

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Ezell Blair Jr., Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil and David Richmond, black college students in North Carolina who became known as the Greensboro Four, inspired a sit-in movement in 1960 when they refused to leave the segregated lunch counter of what store chain?

J.C. Penney

F.W. Woolworth

Montgomery Ward

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What diplomat became the first African-American awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950, 14 years before Dr. King received the same honor?

Ralph Bunche

John Howard Morrow

Franklin Williams

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According to Malcolm X, what did the “X” in his name represent?

His ability to speak on behalf of those who had been silenced

His African ancestors’ unknown family name

His devotion to the 10th surah (chapter) of the Quran

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When asked about Robert Kennedy’s complaint that the so-called Freedom Rides were embarrassing the United States, what person, whom Dr. King called "the best friend that I have in the world," replied, “Well, doesn’t the attorney general know we’ve been embarrassed all our lives?”

Ralph Abernathy

Benjamin Elton Cox

James Farmer

 

 

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Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1939, after the group refused to allow what black singer to perform at Constitution Hall?

Marian Anderson

Josephine Baker

Billie Holiday

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Described by the historian Philip Foner as “probably the most moving passage” in all of Frederick Douglass’s speeches, Mr. Douglass asked a crowd in Rochester, N.Y., on July 5, 1852, “What, to the American slave, is your …” what?

Declaration of Independence

Fourth of July

Life, liberty and pursuit of happiness

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On March 2, 1955, nine months before the arrest of Rosa Parks, what 15-year-old refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus?

Claudette Colvin

Theodora Lacey

Jo Ann Robinson

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Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis. He was there in support of a strike by members of what profession?

Nurses

Sanitation workers

Taxi drivers

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In 1905, W.E.B. Du Bois helped create what forerunner to the N.A.A.C.P., which its members hoped would unleash a “mighty current” of protest — a stark contrast to the passive approach embraced by Booker T. Washington?

Multnomah Association

Niagara Movement

Seneca Falls Convention

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Freshman Representative Ayanna Pressley, the first black congresswoman from Massachusetts, was ecstatic when she learned she’d be working out of the former office of what trailblazer, whom Ms. Pressley called a “‘shero’ of mine since I was a girl”?

Shirley Chisholm

Barbara Jordan

Adam Clayton Powell Jr.