April 03, 2008

Martin Luther King's dream

It's impossible to talk about any civil rights movement without mentioning his name. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist minister from Atlanta, Georgia, became one of the most important symbols of the fight to end racial discrimination in the U.S. in the 1950s and 1960s and became the youngest person ever to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. His words and his ideas are still as alive today as they were 40 years ago, when he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.

How much do you know about Dr. King's life and work? Read his biography and then try a quiz to see how much you remember. There is also a very good crossword puzzle with words connected with his life and the civil rights movement.

And here is part of his inspiring "I have a dream" speech. After reading and listening, complete these two extracts using the right words (you may also want to keep the listening window open and do it as a dictation!).

To watch the video of Dr. King's speech, click here.

See also:

Song: Happy Birthday - Stevie Wonder

Song: Pride (In the Name of Love) - U2

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