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

A pivotal moment for both King and JFK

On February 1, 1960, students organized a sit-in at a racially segregated Woolworth’s in Greensboro, North Carolina. King, who described the student sit-in campaigns of 1960 as an ‘electrifying movement,’ joined in an Atlanta department store sit-in in October. King was arrested and sentenced to prison. Presidential hopeful John F. Kennedy helped secure King’s release which quite possibly also secured Kennedy’s presidency.

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‘I have a dream’

On August 28, 1963, during the March on Washington (the full title was the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom), King gave his famous, ‘I Have a Dream’ speech at the Lincoln Memorial. He urged America to ‘make real the promises of democracy.’ He’s shown here giving that speech before thousands of civil rights supporters.

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Bloody Sunday

King led a five-day, 54-mile march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in March 1965 to protest Bloody Sunday, during which non-violent supporters of voting rights reform were beaten and otherwise assaulted by law enforcement. The march also addressed voting rights reform, and it helped prompt Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act, which gave guaranteed African-Americans access to the polls and ended all-white rule in the South.

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