Not depicted in the famous photo of civil rights leaders standing on the balcony (seen below), was Rev. Billy Kyles. Rev Kyles and Dr. King were standing side by side when Dr. King was struck by the bullet. Rev. Abernathy was in the room and Jesse Jackson was in the motel courtyard below the balcony.
It was 6:01 pm on April 4, 1968. King was killed by James Earl Ray. Ray escaped the United States but was apprehended at Heathrow Airport in London. Ray was on his was to Africa using a fake Canadian passport. Back in Tennessee, Ray confessed to the murder but recanted three days later. Ray was sentenced to 99 years and died in prison on April 23, 1998 at 70 years old.
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What event did Martin Luther King, Jr. lead in 1955?Correct
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Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in what city?Correct
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The famous “I have a dream speech” was given on August 28, 1963 in what city?Correct
In 1974, 715 home runs.Incorrect
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King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, TN. What’s the name of the hotel he stayed in and where the murder took place?Correct
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James Earl Ray killed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and fled. What city was he apprehended?Correct
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How many children did Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King have?Correct
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize in what year?Correct
Dungy, first coach to defeat all 32 teams.
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was first observed as a Federal holiday on January 20, 1986. 2000, was the first year all 5o states celebrated MLK, Jr. Day. The last 3 states to observe the holiday were New Hampshire, Utah and _____________ .Correct
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In a rally in Montgomery, Alabama on March 25, 1965, King spoke to a crowd of nearly 25,000. After what famous march?Correct
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When King was assassinated, with him was Jesse Jackson (in the motel courtyard) , Rev. Billy Kyles, and the man King called his best friend, who was he?Correct
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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) minister and activist.
From Atlanta, the eldest son of a Baptist minister, King entered Morehouse College at 15. He graduated with a degree in sociology in 1948, and went on to Boston University earning a doctoral degree in systematic theology. King’s education exposed him to conditions that related Christian theology to the struggles of oppressed peoples. His first ministry was in Montgomery, Alabama. He was president of the Montgomery Improvement Association, which directed the Montgomery bus boycott. In 1957, King helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in a series of protest campaigns that gained national attention.
King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech expressed the hopes of the civil rights movement in oratory as moving as any address in American history. His speech, following years of demonstrations, created the political momentum that resulted in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. King was awarded the 1964 Nobel Prize for peace. Throughout 1966 and 1967, King increasingly turned the focus of his civil rights activism throughout the country to economic issues.
This took King to Memphis, Tennessee, to support striking black garbage workers in the spring of 1968. He was assassinated in Memphis on April 4. After his death, Martin Luther King Jr. came to represent black courage and achievement, high moral leadership, and the ability of Americans to address and overcome racial divisions. source: The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. edited by Clayborne Carson Warner Books, copyright 1998 ISBN 0-446-67650-0