September 20, 1958 - Educational Lesson - Level 2

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While signing copies of his new book, Stride Toward Freedom on September 20, 1958 in NYC, Martin Luther King, Jr. was stabbed by Izola Ware Curry with a letter opener. The instrument just missed his aorta and King spent nearly three hours in surgery. Fortunately, King fully recovered and later commented, "I think she needs help (referring to Curry). I am not angry at her." Students will be fascinated with this reading comprehension lesson and can test their critical thinking skills with the questions that follow.

Three fun facts about September 20, 1958:

  • The responding police officers, Al Howard and Phil Romano, carried MLK, Jr. to the ambulance in a chair.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. released a statement bearing no ill will towards Izola Ware Curry, due to her mental illness.
  • Izola Ware Curry outlived MLK, Jr.; today, she resides at a nursing home in Queens, NY. 

Harlem Roots Lesson: Level Two

An excellent choice for students with a better command of reading this lesson will contain one fact-filled reading comprehension lesson of approximately 350 words with ten questions to ensure a strong understanding of the lesson. You will also receive an answer key.

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