By Peter Myers
Fifty years ago, one of America’s key civil rights leaders — the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. — was assassinated outside the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
As we honor King’s legacy on the January 15 federal holiday, the quiz below, from the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University in Ohio, provides an opportunity to test your knowledge of the civil rights leader.
1. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. identified what man as the major influence on his “Social Gospel” theology?
2. In 1960, King became pastor of which church?
3. What was King’s given first name at birth?
4. King told an interviewer that if he were marooned on a desert island with only one book other than the Bible, he would choose what book?
5. The first president of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee was what man?
6. In 1966, King rented an apartment in which city to protest ghetto conditions there?
7. Who was not a member of the “Big 6” of the civil rights movement?
8. Which famous singer reportedly urged King to “tell them about the dream” during his March on Washington speech?
9. Which civil rights leader died on the eve of the March on Washington?
10. In 1958, King referred to what political figure as possibly the most dangerous man in America?
Answers: 1-C, 2-D, 3-C, 4-D, 5-A, 6-B, 7-B, 8-D, 9-B, 10-C
About the Writer
Peter Myers is a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin — Eau Claire and a member of the Ashbrook Center’s Master of Arts in Political Science and Government program faculty.