Civil Rights activist and minister Martin Luther King Jr. would have celebrated his 88th birthday today. The iconic activist was known for his leading role in the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott, the 1963 March on Washington and many other nonviolent protests for civil rights. In honor of his birthday and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, take a look back at the civil rights activist’s incredible life and legacy in photos.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WITH MALCOLM X, 1964
Prolific civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr., left and Malcolm X smile for photographers in Washington on March 26, 1964 during the Civil Rights Movement.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., 1964
King and his wife arrive to throngs of fans in Oslo, Norway, where he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., 1965
Dr. King (holding hands with his wife Coretta) leads thousands of marchers across the Alabama River as their famous 50-mile march toward the state capital in Montgomery begins in 1965.
MARTIN LUTHER KING DELIVERS HIS INFAMOUS ‘I HAVE A DREAM’ SPEECH, 1963
Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., waves to supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial 28 August, 1963, on The Mall in Washington, DC, during the “March on Washington” where King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on Aug. 28, 1963.
by Maria Bailey