An Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere

Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

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15,000 people in the biggest civil rights demonstration to that date fill Wisconsin Ave on April 8, 1968. The march was in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Journal

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A large group of people are kneeling in prayer on Wisconsin Ave on the anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Journal

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On April 5, 1969, mourners filled Milwaukee's streets at N 4th St and W Wisconsin Ave, remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. People gathered together all over the country on the one year anniversary of the Civil Rights leader's murder. Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Journal

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Questions & Answers (Names of winners listed at end of questions.)

Q: What event helped establish MLK as an important civil rights leader?

A: Bus Boycotts in Montgomery
After Rosa Park’s arrest for refusing to give up her bus seat, 26-year-old King was chosen from among local ministers to lead the boycott of the Montgomery, Ala., bus system. The boycott began in December 1955 and lasted just over a year, until the US Supreme Court ruled that segregated buses were unconstitutional.


Q: In what field did MLK earn his Doctorate from Boston University?

A: Theology 
King earned a Ph.D. in Theology from Boston University in 1955. He previously had earned a bachelor of divinity from Crozier Theological Seminary in 1951, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Morehouse College in 1948, when he was 19.


Q: What organization did MLK serve as President?

A: Southern Christian Leadership Conference
King was the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Under his leadership, the organization helped tie together African-American churches and lead them in nonviolent protests.


Q: Which award did MLK win?

A: Nobel Peace Prize
At age 35 in 1965, he received the Nobel Peace Prize, then the youngest person to be awarded it.


Q: What was MLK's last speech?

A: I’ve Been to the Mountaintop
King gave his final speech at Mason Temple, the world headquarters of the Church of God in Christ in Memphis, Tenn. He was assassinated the next day, on April 4, 1968.


Q: In what year was MLK Day made a federal holiday?

A: 1983
The House finally approved the holiday in 1983, 338 to 90. The Senate voted 78 to 22 in favor, and President Ronald Reagan signed it into law.


Q: What grades did MLK skip?

A: He skipped the 9th and 12th grades in school and entered Morehouse College at age 15. 
Interesting fact, He did not formally graduate from high school.


Q: MLK was the youngest to win what award?

A: Nobel Peace Prize
Interesting fact: in that same year, on January 27, 1964 More than 6,000 people packed the Milwaukee Auditorium, now the Miller High Life Theater, for a Freedom Rally that also included a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Q: How many speeches did MLK give?

A: He gave over 2500 speeches during his travels.
From 1957 until his death in 1968, he traveled more than 6 million miles.


Q: Martin Luther King Jr. led an important protest against what on April 3, 1968?

A: Poverty


Q: How old was Martin Luther King Jr when he won the Nobel Peace Prize?

A: 35


Q: Where did Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his “I have a Dream Speech?

A: Washington D.C.


Q: When is Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observed?

A: Third Monday of January


Q: What famous boycott did Martin Luther King Jr. help orchestrate?

A: Montgomery Bus Boycott


Q: What name was Martin Luther King Jr, born with?

A: Michael


Q: What year was Dr. King awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom?

A: 1977
He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter


Q: To whom was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. married? 

A: Coretta Scott King


Q: What was the first Civil Rights action Dr. King was involved in?

A: Montgomery Bus Boycott



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Members of the NAACP Youth Council, nuns and other members of society march on the sidewalk clapping and singing at 31st St. Another group of people looks on from across the street. These marches were part of Milwaukee's Fair Housing protests. Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Journal

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Members of the NAACP Youth Council picket the Eagles Club segregationist membership policies by marching along the sidewalk, some are chanting and carrying signs that say "Stop!!! Segregation We Must have Equality." Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Journal