Martin Luther King Day Reading Comprehension

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"I have a dream that 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."

The March on Washington

Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the leaders of the so-called "Big Six" civil rights groups who organized the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which took place on August 28, 1963.

At first President Kennedy opposed the March because he thought it might turn some politicians against the passage of civil rights laws. The organizers insisted that the March go on, and Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the people who talked with the group leaders and the politicians to make the March happen.

Despite the initial disagreements, the March was a huge success. More than a quarter million people of different backgrounds attended the event. It was the largest gathering of protesters in Washington's history.

From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. The crowd was electrified. This speech is regarded as one of the finest speeches in history.

The March on Washington, and especially King's speech, helped put civil rights at the top of the political agenda in the United States. In the following year, 1964, the Civil Rights Act was passed.

Why were people marching?
to cheer the President
to protest a war
to demand more jobs and civil rights
to demand more jobs and civil rights Who was the president at the time of the March on Washington?
President Kennedy
President Nixon
President Obama
President Kennedy Who negotiated with rights groups for a more peaceful march?
the Vice President
the Pope
Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Where was MLK when he gave his speech to the marchers?
at the Washington Monument
on the Mall
on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial
on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial Which speech did Martin Luther King deliver at the March?
an anti Vietnam war speech
I Have a Dream
To the Mountaintop
I Have a Dream What does "MLK electrified the crowd" mean?
He used a lot of lights.
He inspired and thrilled the crowd.
He made the crowd sleepy.
He inspired and thrilled the crowd. What was an outcome from the March on Washington?
The Civil Rights Act was passed the next year.
The president was voted out.
It doesn't say in the story.
The Civil Rights Act was passed the next year. Why was the March on Washington important?
It was the largest gathering of protesters in Washington's history.
MLK's speech was one of the finest speeches in history.
Both of the other points are correct.
Both of the other points are correct. What was the theme of MLK's "I Have a Dream" Speech?
that all people are equal, regardless of their skin color
that there should be more jobs in Washington
that the war in Vietnam should end
that all people are equal, regardless of their skin color

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