Martin Luther King Day: How well do you know MLK? Take the quiz!

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James 'Plunky' Branch plays his soprano saxophone near the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial in Washington, in August 2011.

Martin Luther King Day honors the slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. In the 50s and 60s King, a black Southern reverend who advocated nonviolent, peaceful resistance, became the voice of the civil rights movement. King was assassinated in 1968, though his legacy ensured his place in history as an American hero.

In August 2011, the Martin Luther King Memorial opened in Washington D.C. Along with the passage the the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the memorial serves as a permanent reminder of King's work. Test your knowledge of one of America's greatest men in this quiz.

1. Where was Martin Luther King Jr. born?

Atlanta, Ga.

Birmingham, Ala.

Montgomery, Ala.

Nashville, Tenn.

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