MLK history quiz challenge results

by Jo Giles, UNMC public relations | January 16, 2013

Congratulations to Larry Walker, manager of customer support services in Information Technology Services, who was the first person to correctly answer yesterday's Martin Luther King Jr. Day quiz questions.

The questions and answers are below. Answers are in bold.

1. After the landmark voting rights bill in 1964, Dr. King began to shift his focus to what issue:

  • A. Health care
  • B. Integration
  • C. Poverty

King was assassinated in Memphis while organizing the "Poor People's Campaign". Here is what he said in his book, "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?" about poverty in the year prior his death: "The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. It is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism at the dawn of civilization.the time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolition of poverty."

2. In Dr. King's famous "I Have a Dream Speech", which of the following is one of the "dreams"?

  • A. "...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."
  • B. "...one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'"
  • C. "...With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood."
  • D. All of the above.

Historians report that the 17-minute speech was a compilation of several speeches. And his famous "I Have a Dream" lines were improvised in the typical style of Black preachers.

3. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legal first name was:

  • A. John
  • B. Michael
  • C. William

His legal name at birth was Michael King Jr. His father later changed his own name to Martin Luther (after a German Protestant religious leader) King, Sr. Michael Jr., followed his father changing his own name to Martin Luther King Jr.

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