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Martin Luther King Jr. Reading Passage (Grade 5)

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Martin Luther King Jr. Reading Passage

American - Martin Luther King Jr
Martin Luther King Jr. was the most important voice of the American civil rights movement, which worked for equal rights for all. He was famous for using nonviolent resistance to overcome injustice, and he never got tired of trying to end segregation laws (laws that prevented blacks from entering certain places, such as restaurants, hotels, and public schools). He also did all he could to make people realize that "all men are created equal."

Because of his great work, in 1964 King received the Nobel Peace Prize -- the youngest person ever to receive this high honor. King was also a Baptist minister. He was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, when he was just 39 years old. His birthday is now observed as a national holiday on the third Monday in January.

-- From America's Story
1. 
What is the meaning of SEGREGATION as used in the passage?
  1. laws that divided people based on race
  2. setting people apart based on race
  3. being of a certain race or ethnicity
  4. judging people based on their race
2. 
Based on the passage, you can infer that Martin Luther King Jr. was...
  1. violent
  2. peaceful
  3. resistant
  4. cowardly
3. 
What was MOST notable about Martin Luther King being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?
  1. He won the award for promoting peace.
  2. He was an African-American.
  3. He was the youngest person to win the award.
  4. He wasn't the only one who deserved it.
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