Martin Luther King Jr. Slideshow

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Police use dogs to quell civil unrest in Birmingham, Ala., on May 3, 1963 : 

Police use dogs to quell civil unrest in Birmingham, Ala., on May 3, 1963

Four girls sit on the floor in the Seattle City Council chamber during a civil-rights hearing. This type of protest is called a sit-in. : 

Four girls sit on the floor in the Seattle City Council chamber during a civil-rights hearing. This type of protest is called a sit-in.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his 'I Have a Dream' speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. Aug. 28,1963. : 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his 'I Have a Dream' speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. Aug. 28,1963.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. acknowledges the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial gathered for his 'I Have a Dream' speech during the March on Washington, D.C. Aug. 28, 1963. : 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. acknowledges the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial gathered for his 'I Have a Dream' speech during the March on Washington, D.C. Aug. 28, 1963.

An aerial view from a helicopter shows the March on Washington at Lincoln Memorial in D.C. on Aug. 28, 1963. : 

An aerial view from a helicopter shows the March on Washington at Lincoln Memorial in D.C. on Aug. 28, 1963.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. looks at the glass door of his rented beach cottage in St. Augustine, Fla., that was shot into on June 5, 1964. No one was in the house at the time of the shooting. : 

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. looks at the glass door of his rented beach cottage in St. Augustine, Fla., that was shot into on June 5, 1964. No one was in the house at the time of the shooting.

A Marion, Ala., church audience applauds the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Feb. 2, 1965. : 

A Marion, Ala., church audience applauds the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Feb. 2, 1965.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks at a Montgomery voter rally held in a church. Feb. 9, 1965. : 

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks at a Montgomery voter rally held in a church. Feb. 9, 1965.

Alabama State Troopers swing clubs to break up a voter demonstration march in Selma, Alabama on March 8, 1965. : 

Alabama State Troopers swing clubs to break up a voter demonstration march in Selma, Alabama on March 8, 1965.

Civil rights marchers on Highway 80 on their way from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965, as an Army military policeman beside the road watches. : 

Civil rights marchers on Highway 80 on their way from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965, as an Army military policeman beside the road watches.

The King family is pictured at home in Atlanta: from left, Martin Luther King III, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King, Dexter, 4, and Yolanda, 9. June 20, 1965. : 

The King family is pictured at home in Atlanta: from left, Martin Luther King III, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King, Dexter, 4, and Yolanda, 9. June 20, 1965.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and his wife, Coretta King, lead off the final lap to the state capitol at Montgomery, Al. on March 25, 1965. : 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and his wife, Coretta King, lead off the final lap to the state capitol at Montgomery, Al. on March 25, 1965.

A rare moment of leisure for Dr. King: playing pool in February 1966. : 

A rare moment of leisure for Dr. King: playing pool in February 1966.

Civil rights activist James Meredith grimaces in pain as he pulls himself across Highway 51 in Hernando, Miss. after being shot during a voting rights march, June 6, 1966. : 

Civil rights activist James Meredith grimaces in pain as he pulls himself across Highway 51 in Hernando, Miss. after being shot during a voting rights march, June 6, 1966.

Mississippi patrolmen shove Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other marchers during the 220-mile "March Against Fear" from Memphis, Tenn. to Jackson, Miss. - June 8, 1966. : 

Mississippi patrolmen shove Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other marchers during the 220-mile "March Against Fear" from Memphis, Tenn. to Jackson, Miss. - June 8, 1966.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ducks down and holds his head after being struck by a rock. : 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ducks down and holds his head after being struck by a rock.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gestures and shouts to his congregation in Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga. on April 30, 1967. : 

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gestures and shouts to his congregation in Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga. on April 30, 1967.

A police officer uses his nightstick on a youth reportedly involved in the looting that followed the breakup of a march led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on March 28, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn. : 

A police officer uses his nightstick on a youth reportedly involved in the looting that followed the breakup of a march led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on March 28, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stands with other civil rights leaders on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., on April 3, 1968, a day before he was assassinated. : 

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stands with other civil rights leaders on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., on April 3, 1968, a day before he was assassinated.

King's assassination was international news. Here, London newspaper headlines about his death. April 7, 1968. : 

King's assassination was international news. Here, London newspaper headlines about his death. April 7, 1968.

Black, white, young and old sang "We Shall Overcome" as they marched down Denny Way to the Seattle Center on April 7, 1968 to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who had been felled by an assassin's bullet. : 

Black, white, young and old sang "We Shall Overcome" as they marched down Denny Way to the Seattle Center on April 7, 1968 to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who had been felled by an assassin's bullet.

King's funeral procession through the streets of Atlanta on April 9, 1968 drew this huge crowd of mourners. : 

King's funeral procession through the streets of Atlanta on April 9, 1968 drew this huge crowd of mourners.

In Atlanta, mourners kept an all-night vigil outside the Ebenezer Baptist Church waiting to view the body of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. : 

In Atlanta, mourners kept an all-night vigil outside the Ebenezer Baptist Church waiting to view the body of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Coretta Scott King and her daughter, Bernice are shown April 9, 1968, in Atlanta, Ga. attending the funeral of her husband, Martin Luther King, Jr. : 

Coretta Scott King and her daughter, Bernice are shown April 9, 1968, in Atlanta, Ga. attending the funeral of her husband, Martin Luther King, Jr.

Coretta Scott King and her four children view the body of her husband, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., in Atlanta on April 7, 1968. : 

Coretta Scott King and her four children view the body of her husband, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., in Atlanta on April 7, 1968.

The family of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. walk in the funeral procession of the slain civil rights leader, in Atlanta, on April 9, 1968. : 

The family of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. walk in the funeral procession of the slain civil rights leader, in Atlanta, on April 9, 1968.

Martin Luther King, Jr.1929 - 1968 : 

Martin Luther King, Jr.1929 - 1968