Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was only 25 when he helped organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott and was soon organizing black people across the country in support of the right to vote, desegregation, and other basic civil rights. Maintaining nonviolent and peaceful tactics even when his life was threatened, King was also an advocate for the poor and spoke out against racial and economic injustice until his death'from an assassin's bullet'in 1968. With clearly written text that explains this tumultuous time in history and 80 black-and-white illustrations, this Who Was? celebrates the vision and the legacy of a remarkable man.
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What was Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream for humankind?
Chapter 1 - A Perfect Boy
What does this detail reveal about the King family?
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Why is Ebenezer Baptist Church "like a second home" to Martin?
Here is Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. (This annotation contains an image)
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of minstrel. Which of the following is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for minstrel?
Watch the video. How does it relate to the text? (This annotation contains a video)
Chapter 2 - School Days
What evidence from the text proves that Martin Luther King, Jr. was a good student?
Why do you think blacks are treated differently in the South than they are in the North?
What does Martin Luther King, Jr. admire about Henry David Thoreau? Cite textual evidence to support your answer.
Henry David Thoreau's 1849 essay was titled the Duty of Civil Disobedience.
How are Mahatma Gandhi and Henry David Thoreau alike?
Coretta Scott King is seen below. (This annotation contains an image)
How is the treatment of Indians in South Africa similar to the treatment of Blacks in the South?
What is ironic about Mahatma Gandhi's death? How does it differ from the way he felt about violence?
Chapter 3 - Martin Gets a Job
Why do you think the phrase "cradle of the confederacy" was given to Montgomery, Alabama? (This annotation contains an image)
What is the outcome of the Civil War?
Why do Martin and Coretta decide to move to Alabama?
Do you think the Brown v. The Board of Education court case was influential in helping blacks in the South? Watch the video made by a student through the link below. (This annotation contains a video)
Chapter 4 - Riding the Bus
Why is it important for citizens to vote?
What event makes the Kings a family?
Watch the mini bio of Rosa Parks. (This annotation contains a video)
List one detail from the video that made a huge impact on the civil rights movement.
Who does Martin Luther King, Jr. hope the boycott sends a message to?
How long would the bus boycott have to last in order to be considered a success?
How does King's persistence in the bus boycott help Black people?
How does King feel about winning the boycott? What evidence from the text supports your answer?
Chapter 5 - A Peaceful Fight
Martin is indebted to his wife for the love and support she gives him. Indebted means
Below is a photograph of King, his wife Coretta, Yoki, and Martin Luther III. (This annotation contains an image)
What does Martin notice about the people of India?
How might India remind Martin of the South?
Why do the police want Martin in jail? Do you think they are just looking for any reason to arrest him?
How does Martin feel in prison?
Why does John F. Kennedy decide to help get King out of jail?
How does Nixon's "no comment" remark about King hurt his campaign?
Chapter 6 - Freedom Riders
Why do you think President Kennedy was not in a hurry to fix the racial problems that still existed in the South?
What kind of attacks did black people face as they traveled on buses?
Freedom Riders rode buses from the North to the South staging peaceful protests. Watch the video for a more in-depth look at the freedom riders and the outcome of their peaceful protests. (This annotation contains a video)
Chapter 7 - Freedom Comes to Birmingham
What made Birmingham, Alabama the toughest city to prove the power of peaceful protests in?
Why does King choose Birmingham, Alabama?
What do you think King will decide to do?
Why does King wear jeans back to the hotel room?
Do you think the police will put children in jail?
Why are the students climbing over the fence in this image?
How are the marches affecting King's family? What evidence from the text supports your answer?
What effect did the business boycott in Birmingham have on the businesses?
How do you suppose King feels about winning this victory?
Chapter 8 - I Have a Dream
Watch the video clip from King's most famous speech. How does the crowd in attendance feel about what he is saying? (This annotation contains a video)
What caused King to become the voice of the civil rights movement?
What is the most likely cause of the bomb blast in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church?
How does King feel about the bombing in Birmingham, Alabama? Cite textual evidence to support your answer.
Chapter 9 - The Peace Prize
Why is receiving the Nobel Peace Prize a significant achievement for Martin Luther King, Jr.?
Martin Luther King, Jr. accepts the Nobel Peace Prize in the video below. (This annotation contains a video)
What is the purpose for the marches in Selma?
How does Malcolm X differ from Martin Luther King, Jr.?
Watch the video of the march to Montgomery. (This annotation contains a video)
List one detail from the video in the annotation that is similar to what the text states.
Why was Byron De La Beckwith not found guilty of Medgar Evers' murder in the first two trials?
Below is a photograph of Medgar Evers. (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 10 - Fighting Poverty
Based on details in the text, what do black people need?
What do you think is meant by "black pride"?
Martin Luther King, Jr. compares riots to massive temper tantrums using a
A metaphor is a figure of speech which makes an implicit, implied or hidden comparison between two things. Metaphors usually state that one thing "is" another thing.
What is meant by "demands"? What does Martin Luther King, Jr. want from Mayor Daley?
Why does Mayor Daley tell Martin that his demands will be met?
Chapter 11 - March On
Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in which U.S. city?
Here is a newspaper headline about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death. (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 11 - The Dream Lives On
How does Coretta continue her husband's legacy of peace after his death? Cite textual evidence to support your answer.
Fact or Opinion? Facts are statements that can be proven to be true. Opinions are someone's beliefs. Is the highlighted sentence a fact or an opinion?
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Watch the video to learn more about why we celebrate this holiday. (This annotation contains a video)
Which word can be used to describe Martin Luther King, Jr.?
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