The King’s Speech

Today we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As a Baptist minister, King found the strength of words and his ability to captivate, motivate, and enlighten his audiences.

Whether in the speeches he delivered . . .

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Dan Weiner,  [Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Montgomery, Alabama], 1956 (1984.2)

. . . or the marches he led,

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Benedict J. Fernandez, Dr. Benjamin Spock, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Monsignor Rice of Pittsburgh march in the Solidarity Day Parade at the United Nations Building, April 15, 1967 (79.1990)

. . . King’s forms of peaceful protest played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the United States, as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Let us remember this man of words, hopes, and dreams.

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Charles MooreDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gets a hug from his wife, Coretta Scott King, outside a Montgomery, Alabama courtroom, 1958 (222.2003.2)

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