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Image of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yousuf Karsh
Canadian, born Armenia, 1908–2002

Martin Luther King, Jr.


Object Type: Photograph
Creation Place: North America
19 9/16 in. x 15 5/8 in. (49.69 cm x 39.69 cm)
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print on paper
Accession Number: 2009.0009.0008

Credit Line: Gifted to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts by Mrs. Yousuf Karsh in honor of Museum Director, Mark M. Johnson

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Copyright: © Estate of Yousuf Karsh

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968) The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. was an eminent African-American minister and advocate for social justice during the Civil Rights Movement. In August 1962 Karsh rushed to Atlanta, where King was co-pastor with his father of Ebenezer Baptist Church, to photograph King for a national publication. The pictures were made just days after King’s brief incarceration in Albany, Georgia with other peaceful protesters of the city’s segregation laws. Karsh wrote, “I found him tired, but harboring no hatred, not even disapproval. He sought only justice; that he and his people should be treated as first-class citizens.”

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