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GoCertify Honors John Lewis on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

As the United States celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we at GoCertify are taking another holiday detour from our regularly scheduled certification programming.

John Lewis was a friend and colleague of Martin Luther King Jr.Today is a holiday in the United States that honors Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader who dedicated his adult years to ending racial inequality. Dr. King focused his work on the racial divide in the United States, but his wise words have universal application. You don’t have to be an American to appreciate the profound wisdom of a statement like, “The time is always right to do what is right.”


Martin Luther King Jr. died April 4, 1968 at the tragically young age of 39, shot by an assassin at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. The federal holiday that commemorates his life and legacy was created during President Ronald Reagan’s first term in office and formally assigned to the third Monday in January in 1992 under President George H.W. Bush.


As we do on most holidays, we've prepared a thematically appropriate quiz. Past Martin Luther King Jr. Day quizzes have focused on Dr. King himself. Today, however, we're broadening our view to honor the legacy of the late John Lewis, a colleague and supporter of King's who passed away last year at age 80.


Lewis was just 15 the first time that he heard King speak, and only 18 the first time that he met him in person. At age 21, he became one of the original Freedom Riders, helping to carry out a historic bus tour of segregated U.S. states. A Civil Rights giant, Lewis adhered to and added upon King's vision and legacy for the rest of his life.


NOTE: To view last year's quiz, click here.


1) An aspiring preacher from boyhood on, a young John Lewis initally honed his oratory by preaching to what congregation?


2) Which institution of higher learning in Alabama ignored Lewis' application for admission, an outcome that inspired Lewis to write a letter to Martin Luther King Jr.?


3) What is the four-word phrase from his student nonviolent organizing years that Lewis used to encourage dissent and political engagement throughout his life?


4) As one of the 13 original Freedom Riders (seven blacks and six whites), Lewis achieved what unwelcome first in Rock Hill, South Carolina?


5) How many times had Lewis been arrested before assuming leadership of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1963?


6) What role did Lewis play in the "Bloody Sunday" march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala.?


7) What year did Lewis first win election to the U.S. House of Representatives?


8) What legislation did Lewis introduce in 1988, one year after taking office for the first time, that stalled out in the Senate for the next 15 years?


9) Which Democratic candidate for president did John Lewis endorse in the 2008 U.S. presidential election?


10) What work resulted in Lewis' winning a National Book Award in 2016?


(See answers on next page.)