Dr. Martin Luther King
Scavenger Hunt

On the third Monday in January, we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.   Scroll down to questions that will help you learn more about Dr. M. L. King.  Follow the links in each section to find the answers. There are sound files which need RealPlayer: download RealPlayer? FREE. There is also a virtual tour which uses java script: download Java free.  Have fun learning! 

"Remember! Celebrate! Act !

             A Day On, Not A Day Off"

Read Dr. King's Thoughts on War

On Taking an 
Unpopular Position



1.  In the letter section, what does Noel, age 7, think Martin Luther King  wanted?

2. Go to the timeline and write down what happened to Martin Luther King in 1935.




Chris, Vineland Ontario 
Age:14 Gade:9 
Eden High School

3. Click on this link to hear Dr. King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech.  Once you get to the site, find the player icon under the picture and click on the play button.  Do not download any special player.  Write down your favorite part of the speech. 




4. Dr. Martin Luther King had a wife and four children.  What were their names?





5. When was Martin Luther King born?

6. Why is September 17, 1958 important?

7. What was one thing that happened in 1963?

8. Why was Dr. King arrested June 11, 1964?

9. Make up a question of your own.




10. In 1967, Reader's Digest warned that a campaign led by Dr. King would cause an "insurrection."  What was the name of this campaign?

11. What does "insurrection" mean?






Watch this video to understand more about this campaign:






12. Go to the “About” tab and click on “The King Philosophy” What are the 6 steps of nonviolent social change?

13. Go to the “FAQS” tab.  Write down one interesting fact about Dr. King, Jr. that you didn’t know before.

14. Click on the “Choose Nonviolence” link.  Watch the video and then write down why you choose nonviolence.



15. Go on a virtual tour of the house where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up!  What kinds of things do you see in his bedroom?


16. Martin Luther King received several hundred awards.  Write three of them down.



17. Go to this site and look at the pictures of where Dr. King was born, lived, and worked.  What is the address of Dr. King's birth home?



18. Read through this timeline of Black history. What happened first:  Abolition of slavery in England or in the United States? 

19. How many years ago was slavery abolished in the US?




20. Martin Luther King was part of a bigger history of Black struggle in the United States.  As you look through these pictures by Charles Moore, ask yourself: Have things gotten better for African Americans in this country since the 1960's?  What can people do today to help Dr. King's dream come true? 


Northwest Rankin Middle School
Brandon, Mississippi


21.  Take this quiz.  How many did you get right?   Do you know where to find the answers?


22.  Teach others about you've learned about Dr. King.  Download this PowerPoint template and create a multimedia presentation of your own.  Make sure to cite your research.

23.  Draw a picture, compose a poem, record a song, or write an essay about Martin Luther King and send it here to be published with this page.  Include your first name, city, and state.  Students: also include your age, school name, first name and last initial, and the grade you're in.  Your work will appear on this site within a week.

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24.  Attend a 2009 King Holiday program or activity in your area and write a report on it. Use this link to locate an event near you or to report an event you know about: 

"Remember! Celebrate! Act !
         A Day On, Not A Day Off"


Thank You
Martin Luther King Jr.

Song by Joe Dolce



Read What Visitors Had To Say About Martin Luther King:

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The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate.... Returning violence for violence multiples violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. 

--Martin Luther King Jr.

"Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?"



Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Song
Pride by U2


On some positions, cowardice asks the question, is it expedient? And then expedience comes along and asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? Conscience asks the question, is it right?

There comes a time when one must take the position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right. I believe today that there is a need for all people of goodwill to come with a massive act of conscience and say in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "We ain't goin' study war no more." This is the challenge facing modern man.

--- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

from his speech: "Remaining Awake"





"Remember! Celebrate! Act !
               A Day On, Not A Day Off"

Teaching Tolerance

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Scavenger Hunt
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Last updated 1/19/2014

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