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The Definitive Civil Rights Movement Quiz
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Racism and discrimination didn't end with the Civil War. How much do you know about the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s?

James Meredith was the first black student to enroll at which university?

  • University of Mississippi
  • Alabama University
  • Auburn University

Who coined the phrase "Black power?"

  • Malcolm X
  • Bayard Rustin
  • Stokely Carmichael

What did Martin Luther King Jr. write that individuals have a moral duty to do?

  • Vote against racist policies
  • Attack supremacists
  • Disobey unjust laws

When did the 15th Amendment give black males the right to vote?

  • 1870
  • 1884
  • 1901

What new rules were so-called "freedom riders" testing?

  • Rules that banned segregation at travel facilities
  • Segregation on city buses
  • Segregation in restrooms at privately-owned restaurants

What major city successfully used a bus boycott to fight bus segregation?

  • Atlanta
  • Detroit
  • Tallahassee

From which state did the "Brown vs. Board of Education" case arise?

  • Nebraska
  • Kansas
  • Alabama

How old was Martin Luther King Jr. when he was shot and killed in Memphis?

  • 45
  • 42
  • 39

In 1960, black students from a North Carolina college were refused lunch service at a counter in which chain store?

  • Denny's
  • Woolworth's
  • McDonald's

Why was Emmett Till murdered by white men in Mississippi?

  • He whistled at a white woman.
  • He used a whites-only restroom.
  • He punched a white boy who bullied him.

Who is credited with honing nonviolent protest tactics?

  • Marion Barry
  • John Lewis
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. worked with Fred Shuttlesworth and Charles Steele to create which organization?

  • National Negro Congress
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • Southern Christian Leadership Conference

After the Rosa Park incident sparked unrest, how long did the Montgomery bus boycott last?

  • A month
  • Six months
  • More than a year

Where did Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his "I Have a Dream" speech?

  • Jefferson Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • The White House

Which president signed an executive order abolishing racial discrimination in the United States military?

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Harry S. Truman
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt

How long did it take to convict the white man who murdered Medgar Evers, who worked with the NAACP?

  • five years
  • 10 years
  • 30 years

What was the purpose of the Mississippi Summer Project?

  • To protest violence against black prisoners
  • To register black voters
  • To teach people nonviolent protest methods

The governor of which state blocked nine students from being integrated into a formerly all-white school?

  • Arkansas
  • Mississippi
  • Alabama

Why was Claudette Colvin arrested?

  • She shouted at a white mayor on the street.
  • She sat down in an all-white classroom.
  • She defied bus segregation rules.

About how many people attended the March on Washington in August of 1963?

  • About 250,000
  • About 1 million
  • About 2 million

The doctrine of "separate but equal" was used to justify what?

  • Literacy tests and poll taxes for voters
  • Racial segregation
  • Lynchings

To which city did Rosa Parks flee after her notoriety made life impossible in Alabama?

  • Chicago
  • Detroit
  • New York City

Which artist did NOT perform at the March on Washington?

  • The Grateful Dead
  • Bob Dylan
  • Joan Baez

Which civil rights leader said "Patience is a dirty and nasty word?"

  • James Lawson
  • Henry A. Wallace
  • Ella Baker

Which U.S. president proposed that Congress pass legislation guaranteeing equal rights for all people?

  • John F. Kennedy
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Harry S. Truman

Huey Newton and Bobby Seale founded which organization?

  • Black Muslims
  • The Black Panthers
  • NAACP

What year was the Civil Rights Act finally signed?

  • 1964
  • 1965
  • 1966

Who murdered Malcolm X?

  • No one knows
  • A white mob in Chicago
  • A mentally disturbed black man in New York City

How long did it take the police to catch James Earl Ray after he murdered Martin Luther King Jr.?

  • Two months
  • Two weeks
  • Two hours

On what subject did the Supreme Court rule in Loving v. Virginia?

  • Poll taxes
  • Segregated restaurants
  • Interracial marriage