Celebrate King Week

Video Presentation:
“How Much Do You Know About Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?"

For information about volunteer projects on Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Day, please click here.


King Week Trivia Game

Think you know all there is about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?

Want to learn more about the life of this great man?

Check out this page every day this week to test your knowledge.

Monday's Question:
What was the name of the business where Dr. King was arrested October 19, 1960?

Answer:
Rich’s Lunch Counter

Weekend Question
What was the newly founded organization to which Dr. King was elected leader on February 14, 1957?

Answer:
Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Friday's Question
Dr. King attended graduate school at Crozer Theological Seminary.  Although Crozer relocated to Rochester, NY, in 1970, where was it located while Dr. King attended? 

Answer
Chester, Pennsylvania

Thursday's Question
You may know that Dr. King started college at the age of 15, but do you know why?

Answer
Dr. King skipped the 9th and 12th grades while attending Booker T. Washington High School.

Wednesday's Question
What was Dr. King’s birth name?

Answer
Michael Luther King Jr.

Tuesday's Question 
Who was the first African-American to win the Nobel Prize for Peace?

Answer
Ralph J. Bunche.  Dr. King was the second and President Obama the third.
 
Monday's Question

Dr. King and his wife, Coretta, had four children together. Can you name them?

Answer
Yolanda, Martin III, Dexter and Bernice.

Bonus Question
Can you name Dr. King’s two siblings?

Answer 
Christine, Alfred


Answers to each quiz will be posted the following day. If you would like to learn more about the life of Dr. King, check out these great titles available at the DC Public Library:

For Adults

King by Ho Che Anderson, Fantagraphic Books, 1993
King’s Dream by Eric J. Sundquist, Yale University Press, c2009
Becoming King by Troy Jackson, University Press of Kentucky, 2008
Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-1963 by Taylor Branch, Simon and Schuster, 1988
Martin Luther King, Jr. by Marshall Frady, Penguin Books, 2002
Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and the Civil Rights Struggle of the 1950s and 1960s by David Howard-Pitney, Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2004
The Everything Martin Luther King Jr. Book by Jessica McElrath, Adams Media, 2008
From Civil Rights to Human Rights: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Struggle for Economic Justice by Thomas F. Jackson, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007



For Children

I Have a Dream by Kerry A. Graves, Chelsea Clubhouse, 2004
My Brother Martin by Christine King Farris, Simon & Schuster, 2003
Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton, Schwartz & Wade Books, 2010
Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Photographic Story of a Life by Amy Pastan, DK Publishing, 2004
Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Russell Freedman, Holiday House, 2006
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Genius by Jennifer Fandel, Creative Education, 2006
As Good As Anybody by Richard Michelson, Alfred A. Knopf, 2008
My Dream of Martin Luther King by Faith Ringgold, Crown Publishers Inc, 1995
Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King by Doreen Rappaport, Hyperion Books for Children, 2001
Martin Luther King, Jr. by Rob Lloyd Jones, Tulsa: EDC Publishing, 2006
Journey of a King by Tonya Bolden, Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2007


Interested in more information on Dr. King? DC Public Library has great online databases where you can learn information on just about anything. The Black Studies Online Research collection is a great place to look for information on Dr. King as well as other civil rights leaders.

Published on Friday, January 17, 2014

Martin Luther King PictureIn continued celebration of our great friend, Martin Luther King Jr., the children’s room will host a special story time and activity during our Family Funday Sunday.

Please join us in the Children’s Room at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19.

Curl up, get cozy, and read!

Here are six books to learn more Martin Luther King Jr.:

My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Martin Luther King III
Illustrated by AG Ford
JUV 92 KING
 
An account of the author's brief years shared with his civil rights leader father offers insight into their special bond, their separation during Dr. King's imprisonment, and the author's five-year-old witness to the famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
 
"My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." book cover
Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song
by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Illustrated by Brian Pinkney
JUV 323.09 PINKNEY
 
Explores the intersecting lives of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and gospel singer Mahalia Jackson at the historic moment when their joined voices inspired landmark changes.
"Martin & Mahalia" book cover
We March
By Shane W. Evans
JUV E EVANS
 
Illustrations and brief text portray the events of the 1963 march in Washington, D.C., where the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a historic speech.
"We March" book cover
My Uncle Martin's Big Heart
By Angela Farris Watkins
Illustrated by Eric Velasquez
JUV 92 KING
 
A young girl introduces readers to her uncle, Martin Luther King Jr., describing what he does and family moments they have shared.
"My Uncle Martin's Big Heart" book cover
Who was Martin Luther King, Jr.?
By Bonnie Bader
Illustrated by Elizabeth Wolf
JUV 92 KING
 
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was civil rights leader who spoke out against racial and economic injustice.
"Who was Martin Luther King, Jr." book cover
Martin's Dream
By Jane Kurtz
Illustrated by Amy June Bates
JUV 92 KING
 
This Ready-to-Read level one book shares information about Martin Luther King and historic civil rights demonstrations.
"Martin's Dream" book cover


A community discussion on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m.

Published on Saturday, January 11, 2014
"Where Do We Go From Here?" by Martin Luther King, Jr.

You are cordially invited to attend the Southwest book discussion of Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? by Martin Luther King Jr. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m.

Copies are available for checkout at the Southwest Library.