Civil Rights trivia from my Martini Luther King party

That’s right. I said Martini Luther King. It’s a party I’ve thrown nearly every year for more than a decade, and the full official title is: The Fabulous, Slightly Blasphemous Martini Luther King Party.

I justify these drunken atrocities by forcing my guests to participate in Civil Rights Movement trivia.

Here are this year’s questions, along with the answers at the bottom. Good luck!

  1. Who is the woman pictured above?
  2. What do that woman, my mother, and Coretta Scott King have in common?
  3. What year did that woman refuse to give up her seat on the bus in Montgomery?
    1. 1945
    2. 1955
    3. 1966
  4. How old would Martin Luther King Jr. be if he’d survived?
  5. True or False: MLK’s mother was also shot to death by an assassin?
  6. What place was MLK referring to when he said: “I have never in my life seen such hate … not in Mississippi or Alabama.”
  7. What day is MLK’s actual birthday?


  1. Rosa Parks
  2. They were all born in Alabama.
  3. b. 1955
  4. 91 years old
  5. True. Alberta King was shot and killed on June 30, 1974, as she played the organ for morning service in the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta by a 21-year-old who said he believed black Christians were leading Black people astray.
  6. Chicago
  7. January 15, 1929

Thanks for playing!

Photo credit: Ebony Magazine