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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY

WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a U.S. holiday that __________ the

birth date of one of America’s greatest civil rights __________.

racial

Dr. King’s date of birth is January 15th, but the actual holiday is

third

on the __________ Monday in January. The holiday recognizes

forever

the great achievements Martin Luther King made to American

ever

__________. His leadership in the campaign to achieve equal

rights for

black Americans changed America __________. His

focus on

non-violent protests led to new laws that ended

celebrates

society

__________

discrimination in America. The USA became a more

person

equal society. The holiday is only one of four national holidays in

leaders

America to commemorate a __________. This shows just how

important Martin Luther King was – one of the greatest Americans

__________.

Dr. King was assassinated in 1968. Just 25 years __________, in

1983, then President Ronald Reagan signed this holiday into U.S.

popular

law. People first

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ t h e h o l i d a y t h r e e y e a r s l a t e r ,

in

using

1986. At first, the holiday was not __________ with all American

later

states. Some didn’t like the __________ and so they called it

petition

“Civil Rights Day”. However, in the year 2000, all 50 states

observed the holiday __________ its correct name. The musician

name

Stevie Wonder helped the campaign for the holiday. He released a

issue

hit __________ called “Happy Birthday” in 1980. The song made

observed

millions of Americans aware of the campaign. Six million people

single

signed a __________ for the American Congress to create the

holiday. It is still the largest petition in U.S. history in favour of an

.

_

_________

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