Key Personality: Martin Luther King

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King is a Key Personality for:
Problems in US Society, 1945 - 1989


  • Early Life:
    Where was King from? What career did he want to pursue? What did his father encourage him to do instead? Where was he appointed a pastor?
  • King and Protesting:
    Who was King's main inspiration for protesting? What was his role in the Montgomery Bus Boycotts in 1955 and 1956? What was the outcome? What did King found afterwards and why? How was he able to use the media to his advantage?
  • King's Dream:
    What march did King lead in 1963? How many people attended? What was King's dream? (You should be able to quote from his speech!) What was he awarded in 1964? What successes did the civil rights movement enjoy in 1964 and 1965?
  • King's Problems:
    What was King's relationship with more radical black leaders like Malcolm X? Why did the FBI investigate King? What was his opinion of the Vietnam War? What happened to him in Memphis in 1968? What was the result?

King leading a protest in Memphis in 1968.
King meeting with President Lyndon Johnson.

King standing behind Johnson as he signs the 1964 Civil Rights Act into law.
King with Malcolm X.

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