Celebrating Martin Luther King

WASHINGTON — Martin Luther King speaks to crowds at the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom, 1957. © Bob Henriques / Magnum Photos

WASHINGTON — Crowds at the reflecting pools by the Washington Monument for the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom, 1957. © Bob Henriques / Magnum Photos

WASHINGTON — A civil rights demonstration, 1957. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

WASHINGTON — A prayer meeting with Martin Luther King, 1957. © Bob Henriques / Magnum Photos

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Martin Luther King at a press conference after freedom rider John Lewis (left, with bandage) was beaten by a mob of angry whites, 1961. The reverend declared that the freedom rides would continue. © Bruce Davidson / Magnum Photos

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — National Guard soldiers escort freedom riders on their trip from Montgomery to Jackson, Miss., 1961. © Bruce Davidson / Magnum Photos

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — National Guard soldiers escort freedom riders on their trip from Montgomery to Jackson, Miss., 1961. © Bruce Davidson / Magnum Photos

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Armed members of the Alabama Highway Patrol near the 16th Street Baptist Church, King's headquarters, 1963. © Danny Lyon / Magnum Photos

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A female protester is arrested and led away by police, 1963. © Bruce Davidson / Magnum Photos

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Firemen hit peaceful demonstrators in Kelly Ingram Park with high-powered hoses capable of stripping bark from trees, 1963. © Bob Adelman / Magnum Photos

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Demonstrators hold on to one another to stand up to the force of the water from the firemen’s hoses, 1963. © Bob Adelman / Magnum Photos

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Firemen turned off their hoses only when they could no longer knock down the protesters, 1963. © Bob Adelman / Magnum Photos

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Firemen hose demonstrators in Kelly Ingram Park near the 16th Street Baptist Church, King's headquarters, 1963. Birmingham Police Commissioner "Bull" Connor ordered the hoses to be used. © Bob Adelman / Magnum Photos

CLARKSDALE, Miss. — Police pose for a photograph as ministers from the National Council of Churches march to a local church, 1962. © Danny Lyon / Magnum Photos

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Protesting high-school students are arrested as part of Martin Luther King's campaign to fill jails and end racial segregation in the city, 1963. © Bob Adelman / Magnum Photos

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Martin Luther King leads a night rally in the 16th Street Baptist Church, 1963. © Bob Adelman / Magnum Photos

WASHINGTON — Crowds at the March on Washington, 1963. © Bob Adelman / Magnum Photos

WASHINGTON — At the climax of his "I Have a Dream" speech, Martin Luther King, the final speaker at the 1963 March on Washington, raises his arm on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and calls out, "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, we are free at last!" © Bob Adelman / Magnum Photos

WASHINGTON — The March on Washington, 1963. © Leonard Freed / Magnum Photos

WASHINGTON — The March on Washington, 1963. © Leonard Freed / Magnum Photos

WASHINGTON — Crowds pack the National Mall during the March on Washington, 1963. © Bruce Davidson / Magnum Photos

WASHINGTON — The March on Washington, 1963. © Leonard Freed / Magnum Photos

WASHINGTON — Demonstrators sing "We Shall Overcome" after Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, 1963. © Leonard Freed / Magnum Photos

BALTIMORE, Md. — Martin Luther King is greeted upon his return to the United States after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, 1963. © Leonard Freed / Magnum Photos

BALTIMORE, Md. — Rev. Martin Luther King's tour after he received the Nobel Peace Prize, 1963. © Leonard Freed / Magnum Photos

SELMA, Ala. — Martin Luther King smiles triumphantly after a Montgomery federal judge granted permission to begin the Selma-to-Montgomery march, 1965. © Bob Adelman / Magnum Photos

SELMA, Ala. — The Selma march, 1965. © Bruce Davidson / Magnum Photos

SELMA, Ala. — Martin Luther King leads the historic Selma march to Montgomery, 1965. © Bob Adelman / Magnum Photos

SELMA, Ala. — A young man with "vote" painted on his forehead walks in the Selma march, 1965. © Bruce Davidson / Magnum Photos

SELMA, Ala. — Martin Luther King leads a group of marchers from Selma to Montgomery to fight for black suffrage, 1965. Hecklers on the side of the road hold up a Confederate flag. © Bruce Davidson / Magnum Photos

SELMA, Ala. — Martin Luther King leads a group of marchers from Selma to Montgomery to fight for black suffrage, 1965. On the second day, marchers awoke to a light drizzle. © Bruce Davidson / Magnum Photos

SELMA, Ala. — Martin Luther King leads the march from Selma to Montgomery, 1965. © Bob Adelman / Magnum Photos

SELMA, Ala. — Led by Martin Luther King, a group of marchers walk through the rain from Selma to Montgomery to fight for black suffrage, 1965. © Bruce Davidson / Magnum Photos

SELMA, Ala. — A supporter of the march from Selma to Montgomery, 1965. © Bruce Davidson / Magnum Photos

SELMA, Ala. — Gov. George Wallace on television during the Selma march, 1965. © Bruce Davidson / Magnum Photos

SELMA, Ala. — Protesters and police face off a few hundred feet from Brown Chapel, 1965. The demonstrators called the police blockade "the Selma Wall" and "the 38th parallel." © Bob Adelman / Magnum Photos

WASHINGTON — National Guard soldiers patrol the streets the morning after the riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King, 1968. © Burt Glinn / Magnum Photos

ATLANTA — Martin Luther King's funeral, 1968. © Bob Adelman / Magnum Photos

ATLANTA — Coretta Scott King at her husband's funeral, 1968. © Constantine Manos / Magnum Photos

ATLANTA — Martin Luther King's family looks into his casket at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 1968. © Bob Adelman / Magnum Photos

ATLANTA — Lines of people wait to pay their respects at the funeral for Martin Luther King, 1968. © Constantine Manos / Magnum Photos

ATLANTA — Dizzy Gillespie plays the spiritual "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" during Martin Luther King's funeral at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 1968. © Constantine Manos / Magnum Photos

A portrait of Martin Luther King. © Bob Adelman / Magnum Photos

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