In Photos: Rare Pictures of Martin Luther King, Jr.

King meeting Vice President Richard Nixon

King had a complicated relationship with Richard Nixon, according to Stanford University’s King Institute. Initially, King was unimpressed with Nixon’s interest in—and commitment to—civil rights matters, but he later warmed to Nixon after two meetings in 1957, one of which is pictured here. His feelings changed again when Nixon failed to come to his defense after King was arrested for his participation in a sit-in in Atlanta in 1960.

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Hospitalized after surviving an assault in 1958

King was in critical condition at New York’s Harlem Hospital following an attack at a book signing in which a mentally ill woman stabbed him with a steel letter opener. King bore no ill will toward his attacker and addressed the attack in his ‘I’ve Been to The Mountaintop’ speech on April 3, 1968, which he gave the day before he was assassinated.

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A pilgrimage to India in 1959

King, who was sometimes referred to as ‘America’s Gandi,’ described Mahatma Gandi as ‘the guiding light of our technique of nonviolent social change,’ according to Stanford University. To the group of reporters gathered at the airport, King, pictured here with his entourage, said, ‘To other countries, I may go as a tourist, but to India, I come as a pilgrim.’

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