Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - The Problems
January 21, 2008
Every year on the third Monday of January we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Dr. King was a civil rights activist whose passion and leadership led to great cultural changes in America.
On Aug. 23, 1963, 250,000 people gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial for the “March on Washington,” and Dr. King made his famous “I have a dream…” speech. The mall in front of the Lincoln Memorial is 5/8 of a mile long and ¼ of a mile wide, and the Reflecting Pool is 2029 ft long and 167 ft wide. If all of the participants stood on the mall but no one stood in the Reflecting Pool, and everyone spread out evenly over the entire area, how many square feet did each participant have? Express your answer as a decimal to the nearest tenth.
The King Center is a 35-acre site dedicated to continuing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s mission by educating the world about methods of non-violence, human relations, service to mankind, and related teachings. Approximately 650,000 people visit The King Center annually. It is open 9am – 5pm, 7 days per week. On average, how many people enter The King Center each hour? Express your answer as a decimal to the nearest tenth.
On November 2nd 1983, a bill was signed making Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a federal holiday. At the same time on January 21st, 2008, how many days will have passed since the bill was signed? (Hint: Don’t forget leap year’s.)