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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., right, accompanied by the Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy, is booked by city police Lt. D.H. Lackey in Montgomery, Ala., on Feb. 23, 1956.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gene Herrick / Associated Press

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is welcomed by his wife, Coretta, after he leaves court in Montgomery, Ala., on March 22, 1956. King was found guilty of conspiracy to boycott city buses in a campaign to desegregate the bus system, but a judge suspended his $500 fine.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gene Herrick / Associated Press

King, center, rides a newly integrated bus Dec. 21, 1956. In front of King, left, is the Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy, and to King's right is the Rev. Glenn Smiley of New York.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

King speaks at a demonstration in front of the Lincoln Memorial as civil rights leaders called on the government to put more teeth in the Supreme Court's desegregation decisions.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Charles Gorry / Associated Press

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks in Atlanta in 1960.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

King attends an integration rally in Montgomery, Ala.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Horace Cort / Associated Press

Police intercept King, front, and the Rev. Ralph Abernathy after the two men led a line of demonstrators into the business section of the city.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Martin Luther King Jr. acknowledges the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial, where he delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

King gives his "I Have a Dream" speech. "We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

The Rev. John Burt, seated at far right, listens as Martin Luther King Jr. addresses 15,000 people at the L.A. Coliseum during an interfaith rally in 1964. Burt helped organize civil rights rallies in Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

King looks at his Nobel Peace Prize.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

King and Sammy Davis Jr. share a laugh in Davis' dressing room at New York's Majestic Theatre after a performance of the musical "Golden Boy."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dave Pickoff / Associated Press

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. locks arms with aides as he leads a march of several thousands to the courthouse. From left: The Rev. Ralph Abernathy, James Foreman, King, Jesse Douglas Sr. and John Lewis.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

King, at right in the foreground, holds hands with his wife, Coretta, on the first day of a five-day march to the state Capitol in Montgomery.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

King, third from right; his wife, Coretta; and the Rev. D. F. Reese lead the way to the state Capitol on a walk demanding voter registration rights for blacks. Thousands participated in the walk, which began in Selma, Ala.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta, lead a march.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

King uses a bullhorn to address a crowd. In Boston to lead a civil rights march, he toured the city's Roxbury section to see schools in a predominantly African American district and urged people to participate in the march.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Some 10,000 people gather in Grant Park for a march to City Hall, protesting segregation in schools.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Neshoba County Deputy Sheriff Cecil Price, left, halts a march led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., right, and the Rev. Ralph Abernathy. The march was held in memory of three civil rights workers killed two years earlier.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

King says at a news conference that white people who contribute financially to the civil rights movement apparently were scared off by the slogan "black power."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bill Ingraham / Associated Press

King tells students at Sacramento State that the Vietnam War works against the drive for African American equality, as it takes away money from the domestic war on poverty.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Walter Zeboski / Associated Press

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gives a speech.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Charles Kelly / Associate Press

A police officer uses a nightstick on a young person after the breakup of a march led by King. Black leaders accused the police of brutality. Police said they did what was necessary to restore order.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jack Thornell / Associated Press

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stands with other civil rights leaders on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel a day before his assassination. From left are Hosea Williams, Jesse Jackson, King and Ralph Abernathy.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Richard Nunn shows Jovan Olson a picture of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during a rally in Minnesota's Capitol. The rally was to commemorate King's birthday and to call for a state holiday in his name.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Day, first observed as a national holiday in 1986, celebrates the life and achievements of the civil rights leader who was born Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., an advocate of nonviolent protest and a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, was assassinated in 1968.

Starting at age 26, King led a boycott on buses with segregated seating in Montgomery, Ala., that led the U.S. Supreme Court to declare segregation on the city’s buses to be unconstitutional. In 1963, King was arrested and jailed during anti-segregation protests in Birmingham, Ala. Later that year he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The following year, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at age 35.

On April 3, 1968, King delivered his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech in Memphis, Tenn. The next day, King, 39, was fatally shot while standing on the balcony of his motel.


  1. January 16, 2012, 4:43 am

    Exactly a year before MLK was assassinated, he delivered what I believe is his most important speech –

    I was in 2nd grade when this holiday began. King fast became a hero of mine. I'm pretty impressed Toronto and Hiroshima celebrate the holiday. More importantly, I'm impressed when people take time to pause, enact his vision, in their daily lives. We have a lot to do still. I think he would be both amazed and very disappointed in the USA right now.

    By: TheLizMariani
  2. January 16, 2012, 7:00 am


    By: iii@ee.cpm
  3. January 16, 2012, 7:48 am

    Thanks GOD for Marting Luther King

    By: NaturalHairRocks!
  4. January 16, 2012, 5:34 pm

    I will always love and admire Dr. King. He gave up so much for so little as we see the results of his work. No appreciation by our people for what he stood for, our children have got to pot, killing each other, and their mothers and fathers are just as bad. How long we will go on this way, destroying everything good, decent, beautiful, and accessible in our path. Teach your children the better way. Teach them how to love one another as Dr. King tried to teach. Teach them to respect each other, and teach them not to hate. Dr. King said "never let any man bring you so low that you will hate him." Look around you people see all of the good Dr. King tried to do and remember him with love.

    By: professor harris
  5. January 17, 2012, 7:41 am

    MLK was a great brave man. He, in my mind, was the man that rid our country of those inhumane Jim Crow laws in the south. He certainly deserves a day that recognizes his contribution to the betterment of our country.

  6. November 4, 2013, 10:18 pm

    Great post !

    By: Gilbert Lay

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