EL Civics for ESL Students

Martin Luther King Holiday, Page 2

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13th Amendment

How did African-Americans arrive in the United States?

  • Most were captured or purchased in Africa and brought here on ships as slaves.
  • On December 6, 1865, slavery ended with the passage of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.


Black Heritage Stamps

How were African-Americans treated after the 13th Amendment was passed?

  • They suffered from discrimination, lack of educational opportunities, denial of political rights, and poverty.


Rosa Parks Police Report - December 1, 1955

When did Dr. King first become famous?

  • He became famous during the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • Rosa Parks, a 42 year old African-American woman, was arrested for refusing to give her seat on a Montgomery bus to a white man.
  • Dr. King, who was a Baptist minister, was chosen by community leaders to lead a bus boycott to end racial segregation on Montgomery buses.


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