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Do you know the truth about MLK?

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  2. What follows are 8 statements about MLK. Do you know which ones are true and which are false?
  3. George Washington is the only other American to have had his birthday observed as a national holiday. In 1983 President Ronald Reagan signed a bill that created a federal holiday to honor King. TRUE OR FALSE?
  4. Surprising autopsy results: When he died, King was only 39 years old, but upon final autopsy, the medical examiner was surprised to find that his heart had the wear and tear of a 60-year-old. The doctor said he believed this to be the result of stress. TRUE OR FALSE?
  5. Black History Quiz is a word find puzzle book designed to pique interest in African-American, African and Caribbean history and culture. Throughout the book, readers are presented with clues to the identity of influential people and historic events. The answers to the quizzes are words and phrases which are hidden inside a word find puzzle. The topics are diverse and include the contributions of Africans throughout the diaspora in the fields of science, technology, medicine, religion, politics, civil rights, the slave trade, ancient kingdoms, sports and entertainment. Sample questions addressed in this book include: # Who owned the largest black-owned comic book company in the USA? # Who was the first African American nominated to be a U.S. presidential candidate? # Who was the first black woman agent with the FBI? # Who was the African American who invented the guitar? # Who was the African American woman who invented lasik surgery? # Where in Africa was the world's first university? # Who defeated British troops armed with rifles, mountain guns, and an early type of rocket using only spears and shields? # What was the name of Moses' Ethiopian wife? This puzzle book helps to fill a void left by mainstream education and is intended to be an entertaining way to increase black history knowledge. It is something all ages can enjoy and would make a great gift for students, a valuable resource for homeschoolers and adults looking to reconnect or discover the cultural richness of Africans throughout the diaspora. AVAILABLE NOW ON AMAZON.COM
  6. He spent his wedding night in a funeral home: At the time of his marriage to Coretta Scott King in 1953, honeymoon suites were unavailable to African Americans. Because of this, the couple spent their wedding night in a funeral home owned by a friend. TRUE OR FALSE?
  7. He was a Trekkie: At a fund-raiser, King convinced actress Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Uhura, to stay onboard when it was rumored she wanted to leave after the first season of the original “Star Trek.” He told Nichols he was her greatest fan. TRUE OR FALSE?
  8. King narrowly escaped an assassination attempt a decade before his death. On September 20, 1958, King was in Harlem signing copies of his new book, “Stride Toward Freedom,” in Blumstein’s department store when he was approached by Izola Ware Curry. The woman asked if he was Martin Luther King Jr. After he said yes, Curry said, “I’ve been looking for you for five years,” and she plunged a seven-inch letter opener into his chest. The tip of the blade came to rest alongside his aorta, and King underwent hours of delicate emergency surgery. Surgeons later told King that just one sneeze could have punctured the aorta and killed him. From his hospital bed where he convalesced for weeks, King issued a statement affirming his nonviolent principles and saying he felt no ill will toward his mentally ill attacker. TRUE OR FALSE?
  9. He once attempted suicide: Distraught over the death of his grandmother Jennie, 12-year-old Martin jumped from a second story window at his family home, allegedly attempting suicide. TRUE OR FALSE?
  10. King’s birth name was Michael, not Martin. The civil rights leader was born Michael King Jr. on January 15, 1929. In 1934, however, his father, a pastor at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, traveled to Germany and became inspired by the Protestant Reformation leader Martin Luther. As a result, King Sr. changed his own name as well as that of his 5-year-old son. TRUE OR FALSE?
  11. King entered college at the age of 15. King was such a gifted student that he skipped grades nine and 12 before enrolling in 1944 at Morehouse College, the alma mater of his father and maternal grandfather. Although he was the son, grandson and great- grandson of Baptist ministers, King did not intend to follow the family vocation until Morehouse president Benjamin E. Mays, a noted theologian, convinced him otherwise. King was ordained before graduating college with a degree in sociology. TRUE OR FALSE?
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