Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.: He Stood Up for What He Knew Was Right…

On the third Monday in January, Americans celebrate the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr..

Dr. King was the leading figure in America’s civil rights movement during the 1950’s and 60’s. In those days, African American’s were often deprived of their rights. Dr. King knew that this unfair treatment was wrong, so he encouraged people to stand up for their rights without resorting to violence. With the help of many courageous men and women, Dr. King taught us that all people deserve equal treatment under the law.

It’s been many years since Dr. King died. Today many buildings, streets, and schools are named in his honor, but the biggest honor of all is the national holiday that bears his name. When we celebrate his birthday, we’re reminded of an American hero who taught an entire nation what it means to treat people fairly. That made him a great leader and a great man.

Bright Ideas

Quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

“It is not possible to be in favor of justice for some people and not be in favor of justice for all people.”

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others.”

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

“If you can’t fly then run; if you can’t run then walk; if you can’t walk then crawl; but whatever you do, keep moving forward.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

Nifty Fifty

About Georgia

It’s a Fact: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15, 1929. Now, his birthday is a national holiday.

It’s a Fact: The capital of Georgia is Atlanta. Atlanta is also the biggest city in Georgia. Columbus is the second-largest city in the state.

It’s a Fact: The abbreviation for Georgia is GA.

It’s a Fact: The world’s busiest airport is in Atlanta. And, in 1996, the Summer Olympic Games were held in and around Atlanta.

It’s a Fact: Some very familiar companies are headquartered in Atlanta. Some of those companies are: Coca Cola, Home Depot, Delta Airlines, United Parcel Service (UPS), and Chick-fil-A.

It’s a Fact: The Mystery Ryders story Caboose on the Loose (#6 in the series) takes place in Georgia.

More Fun Facts

Fun Fact: Martin Luther King, Jr. was a very bright child. He skipped 9th and 12th grades and entered college at the age of 15.

Fun Fact: Although Dr. King was born on January 15, 1929, his holiday is not always celebrated on the 15th. Instead, it’s celebrated on the third Monday in January, which usually doesn’t occur on the same day as his birthday.

Fun Fact: 1955 Dr. King helped organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which began after Rosa Parks was treated unfairly on a local bus.

Fun Fact: In 1963, King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D. C. It’s one of the most famous speeches in American history.

Fun Fact: In 1964, Dr. King won the Nobel Peace Prize. He was only 35 years old. At that time, he was the youngest person to have received a Nobel Peace Prize.

Questions and Answers
Just for fun,
see if you can answer these questions.
Did Martin Luther King start college when he was 15, 17, or 19 years old.
Martin Luther King Jr. was 15 years old when he passed the entrance exam and entered Morehouse College in Atlanta.
Where did Martin Luther King give his famous "I Have a Dream" speech? Did he make that speech in Washington D. C. or Washington State?
He gave his “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington D. C.
Is the capital of Georgia Columbus or Atlanta?
It’s Atlanta.
Which soft drink company has headquarters in Atlanta? Is it Pepsi or Coca Cola?
The Coca Cola Company’s headquarters are in Atlanta. Pepsi’s headquarters are in New York.
Write Your Own Story

If you have time, you can write a story of your own.

Here are a couple of ideas you can choose from.

Idea #1: You can write a story about the life of Dr. King: the things he did and the way he changed the world.


Idea #2: Yu can write a story about the Golden Rule (which, by the way, says that you should treat other people like you want to be treated).

To help you write a great story, we've included some helpful hints and timely tips.

Today's Ryder Riddle
Here's a riddle for you:
Why is Alabama smarter than Georgia?
Alabama got four A’s and Georgia only got one.
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