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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Important Updates Regarding the 2020 Version of the Civics Test

On Dec. 1, 2020, USCIS implemented a revised version of the civics test for naturalization (2020 civics test). Due to recent policy changes, some applicants required to take the 2020 civics test may now have a choice to take the 2020 test or the 2008 civics test. Please note that beginning on April 19, 2021, USCIS will only offer the 2008 civics test at the initial interview appointment regardless of filing date.

For more information, visit The 2020 Version of the Civics Test page.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist minister and civil rights leader. He worked to make America a more fair, tolerant, and equal nation. He was one of the main leaders of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Because of this movement, civil rights laws were passed to protect voting rights and end racial segregation in the United States. In recognition of his tireless efforts to win civil rights for all people through nonviolent means, Americans celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on the third Monday in January.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was an important leader in U.S. history. Prospective citizens may be asked about Martin Luther King, Jr. and civil rights during the naturalization test. “What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?” and “What movement tried to end racial discrimination?” are two questions on the civics test.

For Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we want to highlight some of the USCIS resources for learners and teachers that are related to this important day.


USCIS has educational materials to help you learn about the United States and prepare for the naturalization process. Here are several products that talk about Martin Luther King, Jr.: 

  • 100 Civics Questions and Answers with MP3 Audio (2008 version of the civics test)
    This is the official list of civics questions and answers on the naturalization test in MP3 audio format.

  • Civics Practice Test (2008 version of the civics test)
    Practice your knowledge of U.S. history and government.

  • Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship (2008 version of the civics test)
    This web resource provides online videos and activities on the 100 civics questions from the naturalization test and highlights museum objects from the Smithsonian Institution. Visit the “Rights,” “Famous Citizens,” “The 1900s,” and “Symbols & Holidays” themes for information on civil rights and Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Learn About the United States: Quick Civics Lessons for the Naturalization Test (PDF, 2.28 MB) (2008 version of the civics test)
    This study booklet will help you prepare for the civics and English portions of the naturalization interview. It contains the 100 civics questions on the naturalization test with background information and vocabulary from the English portions of the naturalization test.

  • A Promise of Freedom: An Introduction to U.S. History and Civics for Immigrants 
    This 12-minute film focuses on the history and founding of our nation and the important rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship.

  • The Citizen's Almanac (PDF, 8.53 MB)
    This publication includes information on prominent foreign-born Americans, presidential quotes on citizenship, patriotic songs and poems, and several of our essential founding documents, including the Bill of Rights. On page 41, you will find excerpts from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.


In addition to the products highlighted above, USCIS offers free online tools and materials for educators and volunteers. Some examples include:

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