A Photographic Look at the Life of

Dr. King believed that every man, woman and child should be given an opportunity to life a happy and successful life. He spent most of his life trying to bring this message to the world.

As his stunned wife Coretta looks on, Martin Luther King Jr. is sprawled across a police desk in Montgomery, Alabama in 1958 after his arrest for loitering. King insisted on serving his fourteen day jail sentence but Police Commissioner Clyde Sellers paid the $10 fine himself to diffuse further publicity.

Five years after Rosa Parks first refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama bus, King's movement faced violence at every turn. After black students were refused service in the whites-only cafeteria at the state capitol, a white man swings a baseball bat at a shopper, while another strikes a black woman in the background.

The pastor from Montgomery never failed to stand strongly yet peacefully behind his ideals.

Early in the movement, King and his wife Coretta celebrate a victory.

Dr. King leading one of the many non-violent protest marches.

Dr. King, through his words of peace and respect for all, convinced many people that the treatment of African Americans at the time was wrong.

A Sad Day in Our Nation's History

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

 

 Click here to return to the main page