The iconic civil rights leader was known for his public speaking and ability to inspire people, but how much do you know about the man himself?
Martin became King's name only when he turned 5 years old. What was his birth name?
King's birthday, January 15, is one of only two birthdays of famous Americans observed as a federal holiday -- whose is the other?
What was one of King's first job?
Soda shop clerk
At what age did King enter college?
How many honorary degrees does King have?
In 1964, at the age of 35, King became the youngest winner of what major award?
Nobel Peace Prize
Presidential Medal of Freedom
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Which of these famous quotes by Martin Luther King Jr. inspired the design of the memorial created in his honor in Washington?
“With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.”
"Free at last, free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last."
"I have a dream that my four little 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."
"Let freedom ring."
True or false: King has a Grammy award?
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After being jailed for violating an anti-protest injunction, King wrote a famous letter that was smuggled out of his cell and published. From which jail did King write this letter?
Warren K. Leffler/ Library of Congress
King heavily lobbied for and championed what became the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Which president signed it into law?
John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
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True or false: Reverend Raphael Warnock, a U.S. senator-elect from Georgia, is the pastor of a church where King was formerly a pastor.