Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. embraces his wife, Coretta Scott King, in March 1956 after leaving court. King was found guilty of conspiracy to boycott city buses in a campaign to desegregate the bus system in Montgomery, Alabama, but a judge suspended his $500 fine pending appeal.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rev. Ralph Abernathy are arrested by a policeman in Birmingham. King spent days in solitary confinement after being arrested, where he wrote his "Letter From Birmingham Jail" where he famously declared "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks in front of the Lincoln Memorial at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963. King's speech would later become known as his "I Have a Dream" speech.
Dr. Martin Luther King meets President John F. Kennedy alongside other leaders and organizers of the March on Washington. From left are Whitney Young, National Urban League; Martin Luther King Jr., Southern Christian Leadership Conference; John Lewis, Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee; Rabbi Joachim Prinz, American Jewish Congress; Dr. Eugene P. Donnaly, National Council of Churches; A. Philip Randolph, AFL-CIO vice president; Kennedy; Walter Reuther, United Auto Workers; Vice-President Johnson, rear, and Roy Wilkins, NAACP.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks with his wife, Coretta Scott King, and civil rights leader Constance Baker Motley before a banquet for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Birmingham, Alabama. King was the president of the S.C.LC., which played a pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement.
Dr. Martin Luther King crosses the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on the Selma to Montgomery march. In the days prior, protestors attempting to cross the bridge faced intense violence from Alabama state police and vigilantes.
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stands with other civil rights leaders on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., April 3, 1968, a day before he was assassinated at approximately the same place. From left are Hosea Williams, Jesse Jackson, King and Ralph Abernathy.