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The Covers Behind KING

The designer of our Martin Luther King Jr. special edition describes his inspiration.
Source: Courtesy of Bobby Martin

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death. To honor his legacy, The Atlantic published a special edition of the magazine. Featuring rarely published speeches by King; contemporary voices including Bernice King, John Lewis, and Jesmyn Ward; and excerpts from ’s own archives, the issue reflects on the man who defined the civil rights movement and how his message still resonates today. I talked with Bobby Martin, founding partner of The Original Champions of Design, who designed the issue, about the inspiration behind the cover.

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