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Historic photos show civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. at work, at play (70 items)

By Deseret News

Jan. 20, 2014

On this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, explore these historic photos showing the iconic civil rights leader at both work and play, tracing his steps from the streets of Selma to the bus boycotts of Montgomery, the "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington, D.C., and the Nobel Peace prize ceremony in Norway.

Related: The 15 best quotes from Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech

Related: 'I Have a Dream' and other major events in civil rights history

1 of 70. 1948

In this 1948 file photo, Martin Luther King, Jr., third from left, listens to a speaker during an assembly at Morehouse College in Atlanta. As a teenager in 1944, King worked on a tobacco farm in Connecticut. That experience influenced his decision to become a minister.

2 of 70. 1956

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., right, accompanied by Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy, center, is booked by city police Lt. D.H. Lackey in Montgomery, Ala., on Feb. 23, 1956. The civil rights leaders are arrested on indictments turned by the Grand Jury in the bus boycott.

3 of 70. 1956

The Rev. Ralph Abernathy, left, shakes hands with the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Montgomery, Ala., March 22, 1956, as a big crowd of supporters cheer for King who had just been found guilty of leading the Montgomery bus boycott. Circuit Judge Eugene Carter suspended the fine of $500 pending an appeal. King's wife Coretta stands next to him.

4 of 70. 1956

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is welcomed with a kiss by his wife Coretta after leaving court in Montgomery, Ala., March 22, 1956. King was found guilty of conspiracy to boycott city buses in a campaign to desegregate the bus system, but a judge suspended his $500 fine pending appeal.

5 of 70. 1956

Two black ministers who were active in the long boycott of segregated buses in Montgomery, Ala., were among the first to ride after the Supreme Court's integration order went into effect, Dec. 21, 1956. At left, front seat, is the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, while at left in the second seat is the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Beside King is white minister, Rev. Glenn Smiley of New York, who said he was in Montgomery as an observer. Woman at right is unidentified.
1. Midwest Mom
Soldiers Grove, WI,
Jan. 20, 2014

Dr King had a dream and no one has a comment?

I wonder if every white person who decries the state of our nation has pondered that the country would be more Christlike if those of us who identify as Christians would have taken up the cross of hard work to help our brothers and sisters in poverty, in sickness, in trouble or those who have been guilty of nothing more than being born a minority. Instead that vital work was left to the non-believers to discover and work to mitigate.

As a white person, I say we have a lot to answer for.

A good place to start is to read the Church's statement on the history of blacks and the priesthood. If you are in any way uncomfortable reading it, then you might have some work to do.