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Martin Luther King, Jr., was a great man who worked for racial equality and civil rights in the United States of America. He was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. Martin had a brother, Alfred, and a sister, Christine. Both his father and grandfather were ministers. His mother was a schoolteacher who taught him how to read before he went to school.
Young Martin was an excellent student in school; he skipped grades in both elementary school and high school . He enjoyed reading books, singing, riding a bicycle, and playing football and baseball. Martin entered Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, when he was only 15 years old.
Martin experienced racism early in life. He decided to do to something to make the world a better and fairer place.
After graduating from college and getting married, Dr. King became a minister and moved to Alabama.
During the 1950's, Dr. King became active in the movement for civil rights and racial equality. He participated in the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott and many other peaceful demonstrations that protested the unfair treatment of African-Americans. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee.
Commemorating the life of a tremendously important leader, we celebrate Martin Luther King Day each year in January, the month in which he was born. August 28, the anniversary of Dr. King's 1963 I Have a Dream speech, is called "Dream Day."
Timeline of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Life:
|1929||Born on January 15, in Atlanta, Georgia|
|1948||Graduates from Morehouse College|
|1953||Marries Coretta Scott|
|1955||Earns a doctoral degree|
|1956||Dr. King's house is bombed|
|1958||Dr. King publishes his first book, Stride Toward Freedom|
|1963||Dr. King gives his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.|
|1964||Dr. King is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize|
|1968||Dr. King is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee|
|1986||Martin Luther King Jr. Day is declared a national holiday in the U.S.|
Activities on MLK:
All About Martin Luther King Jr. Printout
Read about Dr. King's life.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
A Printable Worksheet
A printable worksheet on Martin Luther King, Jr., who did extraordinary work for civil rights. The printout has information on Martin Luther King, Jr., questions, and a picture to color. Answers: 1. Georgia, 2. 15 years old, 3. Montgomery, Alabama, 4. April 4, 1968, 5. January.
Martin Luther King Jr. Childhood Printout/Activity
Read about Dr. King's childhood, then answer about it. Fill out a chart about Martin Luther King, Jr., and about yourself.
Martin Luther King Jr. Cloze Printout
A fill-in-the-blanks quiz on Martin Luther King Jr. to print.
Martin Luther King Jr. Timeline Printout/Quiz
Read a timeline of Dr. King's life and answer yes/no questions on his life.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Timeline Quiz
Use the Martin Luther King, Jr. timeline to answer simple questions. Or go to the answers.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Wordsearch Puzzle
Find the words in the Martin Luther King, Jr., wordsearch puzzle, then use the extra letters to find the secret message: "Martin Luther King, Jr., was born in Atlanta, Georgia." Or go to the answers.
Comprehension Quiz on Martin Luther King, Jr.
Print and do a multiple choice comprehension quiz on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. Or go to the answers.
Write Eight Words related to Martin Luther King, Jr.
Find and write eight words/phrases related to the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. Then use each of the words in a sentence. Sample words/phrases: leader, racism, boycott, minister, civil rights, dream, equality, segregation.
A Printable Activity Book on MLK for Beginning Readers
A short, printable activity book on Martin Luther King, Jr. for beginning readers.
A Printable Activity Book on MLK for Fluent Readers
A short, printable activity book on Martin Luther King, Jr. for fluent readers.
I Have a Dream...King, Martin Luther Jr.
A Printable Activity Book for Fluent Readers
A short, printable activity book in which the student writes about a personal dream, how it can be attained, and what the effects of this dream would be on the world.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Spelling Word Questions
Use the list of Martin Luther King, Jr. related words to answer simple questions. Words: dream, speech, leader, equality, free, boycott, segregation, skin, colors, racism. Or go to the answers.
Match Each Word to Its Definition:
Martin Luther King Jr.
Match each Martin Luther King Jr.-related word to its definition (printable worksheet). Words: leader, dream, freedom, equality, racism, segregation, boycott, protest, assassinate, honor. Or go to the answers.
Write a Sentence for Each Martin Luther King Jr.-Related Word
Write a sentence for each of the Martin Luther King Jr. spelling words. Words: great, leader, rights, protest, color, skin, equality, speech, dream.
Martin Luther King Jr. KWHL Chart
This is a printable KWHL graphic organizer for the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. The student writes: What I Know, What I Want to Find Out, and What I have Learned, for six facets of Dr. King's life (which the student chooses).
Martin Luther King, Jr.:
Word Hunt Worksheet
How many words can you make using the letters from "Martin Luther King, Jr."? Sample answers: great, man, might, ... Go to worksheet with 30 blanks or a worksheet with 50 blanks.
Write an Acrostic Poem About Freedom
Write a poem about freedom. Start each line with a letter from the word "freedom."
Martin Luther King, Jr. Word List
This is a word bank listing common words related to Martin Luther King, Jr.
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