Civil Rights Photography – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today, Americans around the country are serving in their communities and celebrating The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. Dr. King is remembered for shaping the American civil rights movement. His leadership during the organized bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama led him on a journey to become one of the most powerful voices in the effort to end segregation in America. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and the meaning behind the holiday is best explained in the words of Coretta Scott King – The Meaning of The King Holiday.
“The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. We commemorate as well the timeless values he taught us through his example — the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service that so radiantly defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership. On this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit.” Read more on the meaning of the King Holiday.
In recognition of the King Holiday, Google’s Doodle is honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and has invited internet users to view photography of the Civil Rights Movement with works from the High Museum of Art which holds one of the most significant collections of photographs of the Civil Rights Movement. View the photography here.
Google posted in a blog that the artist of the Doodle, Keith Mallett, aimed to portray Dr. King’s most important message of unity.