Dr. Martin Luther King Day

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Flip Schulke, [Martin Luther King Jr. leading second march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama], March 1965 (2012.97.3)

Dr. Martin Luther King was the most important force behind the movement toward civil rights. At 35, he was the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. After this year’s election, that has caused such division, Dr. King’s acceptance speech resonates today:

[…] Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace, and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. […]

Dr. King would have turned 88 on January 15, 2017.

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About claartjevandijk

Assistant Curator, Collections at the International Center of Photography, New York
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