EL Civics for ESL Students

Martin Luther King Holiday Lesson, Page 3

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March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, 1963

What is this event?

  • It is the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It took place on August 28, 1963.
  • About two hundred and fifty thousand (250,000) participants showed up to demonstrate their support for the Civil Rights Movement.
  • The Civil Rights Movement tried to end racial discrimination.
  • Dr. King delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

    Quote: I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.


President Johnson Signing the Civil Rights Act, 1964

What is happening in this picture?

  • President Lyndon B. Johnson is signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Dr. King is standing behind him.
  • The act outlawed segregation in schools and public places.


Gravesite of Dr. King and His Wife Coretta Scott King

When did Dr. King die?

  • He died on April 4, 1968.
  • While on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, James Earl Ray shot Dr. King. He died an hour later at 7:05 p.m.
  • He is buried with his wife Coretta Scott King in Atlanta, Georgia.


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