January 16, 2003
Martin Luther King Day
In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy, we are pleased to provide this quiz to test your knowledge of famous quotations related to some of Reverend King's core values: freedom, justice, service, and civil rights. For each of the following quotations, try to match the appropriate source from the list on the back of this page. For the correct answers, click the icon after the Sources, below.
- ___ Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don't have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don't have to know Einstein's "Theory of Relativity" to serve. You don't have to know the Second Theory of Thermal Dynamics in Physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love, and you can be that servant.
- ___ One nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
- ___ Slavery and martial law in a free country are altogether incompatible; the persons of these three States – Georgia, Florida and South Carolina – heretofore held as slaves, are therefore declared forever free.
- ___ It's not all that glitter is gold, and half the story has never been told. So now we see the light, we gonna stand up for our right.
- ___ Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we will pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and success of Liberty.
- ___ All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood… Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
- ___ "If you allow me to live just a few years in the second half of the twentieth century, I will be happy." Now that's a strange statement to make, because the world is all messed up. The nation is sick. Trouble is in the land. Confusion all around. That's a strange statement. But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough, can you see the stars. And I see God working in this period of the twentieth century in a way that men, in some strange way, are responding--something is happening in our world. The masses of people are rising up. And wherever they are assembled today, whether they are in Johannesburg, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya: Accra, Ghana; New York City; Atlanta, Georgia; Jackson, Mississippi; or Memphis, Tennessee--the cry is always the same--"We want to be free."
- ___ We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
- ___ Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow - red, yellow, brown, black and white - and we're all precious in God's sight.
- ___ One of the things I considered a delightful experience in school was the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I didn’t realize the gap was so big from the Founding Fathers until now. And I didn’t realize they weren’t talking about me.
- ___ In your ordered verdict of guilty you have trampled under foot every vital principle of our government. My natural rights, my civil rights, my political rights, my judicial rights are all alike ignored. Robbed of the fundamental privilege of citizenship, I am degraded from the status of a citizen to that of a subject; and not only myself individually but all of my sex are, by your honor’s verdict, doomed to political subjection under this so-called republican form of government.
- ___ Stony the road we trod, bitter the chastening rod, felt in the days when hope unborn had died. Yet with a steady beat, have not our weary feet come to the place for which our fathers sighed?
- Maxine Waters (b. 1938), African American politician
- President John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, 1961
- Martin Luther King, Jr. 1968, Excerpted from "The Drum Major Instinct" sermon
- Martin Luther King, Jr., from "I See the Promised Land" speech
- Jesse Jackson, from a 1984 speech
- Susan B. Anthony (b.1820), U.S. suffragist
- Francis Bellamy, Original wording from "Pledge of Allegiance", as written in 1892 on the occasion of the nation's first celebration of Columbus Day
- Major General David Hunter, 1862, prior to President Lincoln's proclamation on abolishment of slavery.
- The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies, July 4, 1776
- From lyrics to African American Anthem, "Lift Every Voice and Sing"
- Universal Declaration of Human Rights, United Nations, Adopted December 10, 1948 L. Peter Tosh, from song "Get Up, Stand Up" (Equal Rights album)
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