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Martin Luther King Jr.


In 1986, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a national holiday in the United States.
  inspiring U.S. civil rights leader and Baptist minister who campaigned against the segregation of blacks; assassinated (1929-1968)
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  • In 1986, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a national holiday in the United States.
  • "Because they listened to the craziness Martin Luther King was teaching in Alabama," Jimmy said.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • People like Martin Luther King, they said, were just troublemakers and subversives.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • February is Black History Month, and someone had festooned the dining hall with posters of Martin Luther King, Jr., George Washington Carver, and Rosa Parks.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black

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  • It stood at the end of Dexter Avenue in Montgomery, across the street from the historic Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had pastored during the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • On August 28, 1963, two hundred thousand people marched on Washington, D.C., to pressure Congress to pass the Civil Rights Bill, and heard Martin Luther King, Jr., deliver his unforgettable "I have a dream" speech.
    Christopher Paul Curtis  --  The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
  • When the lone rifleman murdered Martin Luther King, Jr., in Memphis, the reaction among the students of Beaufort High School was explosive in its generation of raw, naked emotion.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The marches in Birmingham, Martin Luther King.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • After the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Baltimore burned.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • She actually liked Malcolm X. She put him in nearly the same category as her other civil rights heroes, Paul Robeson, Jackie Robinson, Eleanor Roosevelt, A. Philip Randolph, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Kennedys-any Kennedy.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water

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  • Martin Luther King was shot a month ago.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • Martin Luther King had told them not long before the bullet took him down to his martyr’s grave that he had been to the mountain.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • When that minister from Alabama, Reverend Martin Luther King, got arrested last month in Florida for wanting to eat in a restaurant, the men at church acted like the white people’s team had won the pennant race.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • Yours for the cause of Peace and Brotherhood, Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • But, believe it or not, if, before you take the IAT, I were to ask you to look over a series of pictures or articles about people like Martin Luther King or Nelson Mandela or Colin Powell, your reaction time would change.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • He pauses to look at it a moment— there hasn’t been much sun lately-and decides today to opt for Martin Luther King.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • I see a picture of some slaves, and three hundred pages later I see Martin Luther King.
    Sampon Davis, et. al.  --  We Beat the Street
  • Then came the period when people we knew—not knew personally, but knew of— started falling to the ground: Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • The plaza is a popular tourist destination not only because the giant map is fun to walk on, but also because Martin Luther King Jr., for whom Freedom Plaza is named, wrote much of his "I Have a Dream" speech in the nearby Willard Hotel.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • We spend the next twenty minutes discussing the Kennedys, Martin Luther King Jr., Castro, Lyndon B. Johnson, and government goons.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • Old black men sit on the park benches to feel the sun on their face, and discuss whether or not that statue of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Junior really looks like him.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • It had been through the ceiling one night in April, when Ashoke and Ashima were eating their dinner, that they’d heard about the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and just recently, of Senator Robert Kennedy.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • Some 350,000 spectators—a larger crowd even than would assemble for Martin Luther King’s March on Washington eighteen years later—turned their faces upward to watch fireworks explode and spread their contrails over the Washington Monument, turning the Potomac’s surface, for nearly an hour, into a mirror of reds and whites and yellows and greens.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Mrs. Coretta Scott King, the wife of the great freedom fighter Martin Luther King Jr., was on the podium that night, and I looked over to her as I made reference to her husband’s immortal words.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Cleveland grew more divided by color and class, and both before and after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Nathaniel’s general neighborhood— Cleveland’s east side—was the scene of rioting, shoot-outs, looting, tear gas and firebombs.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • I got Malcolm, Martin Luther King, Jesus, and Muhammad Ali.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Slam!
  • She also said I should tell them Martin Luther King, Jr., would be ashamed of their behavior.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • Finally we spoke of Martin Luther King and his teaching of passive but unrelenting resistance.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Martin Luther King said in his "Letter from Birmingham Jail,"
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • "I don’t believe Martin Luther King Jr. went to Harvard."
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
  • Martin Luther King’s nonviolent political struggle made freedom and equality sound like achievable goals.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • It was Martin Luther King Day, our last day before classes started again, and I could think of nothing but having killed her.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • Ironically, the school was named after Martin Luther King, Jr. Annie Blair, one of the mothers, had moved north from Tennessee.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • This week we’ve had a lot of Martin Luther King Jr. activities going on at our school, which I actually think is pretty cool.
    Melody Carlson  --  Becoming Me
  • I was going to go through the famous town of Selma, so I decided to walk the route Martin Luther King and thousands of blacks had taken back in 1965.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • He passed Second Presbyterian Church, from which Martin Luther King Jr. staged his last march before he was shot and killed—now abandoned and boarded shut.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • Often the key is a person with a knack for leadership: Martin Luther King Jr. in the United States, Mahatma Gandhi in India, and William Wilberforce in Britain.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • In Alabama, Martin Luther King Jr. returned from Washington, DC, where he’d been received by Vice President Richard Nixon in the nation’s Capitol, even though in his own state capitol he couldn’t drink from the same water fountain as a white janitor.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • We were sure that ours was a nation of the ballot, not the bullet, until the murders of John Kennedy and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. We were taught that our armies were always invincible and our causes were always just, only to suffer the agony of Vietnam.
    Jimmy Carter  --  A Crisis of Confidence
  • Even standing here in the relative privacy of the Rose Garden with Martin Luther King makes Kennedy sweat.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • These failures have cast a dark shadow over humanity: two World Wars, countless civil wars, the senseless chain of assassinations — Gandhi, the Kennedys, Martin Luther King, Sadat, Rabin — bloodbaths in Cambodia and Nigeria, India and Pakistan, Ireland and Rwanda, Eritrea and Ethiopia, Sarajevo and Kosovo; the inhumanity in the gulag and the tragedy of Hiroshima.
    Elie Wiesel  --  The Perils of Indifference
  • As Martin Luther King said in one of the last sermons he gave before his death, "You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • And I’m not even sure what’s making me so philosophical today—maybe it’s just all this Martin Luther King Jr. stuff.
    Melody Carlson  --  Becoming Me
  • "Let’s see Martin Luther King," Mtisha said.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Slam!
  • But now, as the bus rumbles through the gritty circus on Martin Luther King Avenue, it suddenly dawns on him.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • He bought it for a buck out on Martin Luther King.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • The stop right in front of the school is usually quiet and empty late in the afternoon, while another one, a few hundred yards away on bustling Martin Luther King Avenue, is always hopping.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • There’s an April shower outside, steady but not too heavy, and he passes by the bus stop nearest the school, bound for Martin Luther King Avenue.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • He even stood a while under the letterless marquee of an abandoned movie theater a few blocks from the subway station on Martin Luther King.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • The scenes instantly take shape in his mind-the graffiti in the hallways, Mr. Taylor’s classroom, the bus stop on Martin Luther King.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Martin Luther King Jr. [2] , civil rights movement [5] , Freedom Riders [7] , Civil Rights Act of 1964 [8] , Voting Rights Act of 1965 [9]
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