Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Calling it his “last, greatest dream,” Martin Luther King Jr. (1929–1968) declared his intention to launch a broad-based effort to secure economic justice for the nation’s poor. During a press conference held on December 4, 1967, at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, King revealed initial plans for an extended campaign of mass civil disobedience in Washington, D.C., that would cross racial boundaries to bring together thousands of people living in poverty.
“This will be no mere one-day march in Washington,” he declared, “but a trek to the nation’s capital by suffering and outraged citizens who will stay until some definite and positive action is taken to provide jobs and income for the poor.” Led by King and sponsored by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the “Poor People’s Campaign” was slated to begin on April 22, 1968, but was delayed after King traveled to Memphis, where he was slain by a gunman on April 4.
Calificándolo como su “sueño último y más grande”, Martin Luther King Jr. (1929–1968) declaró su intención de lanzar un esfuerzo de amplia base para garantizar justicia económica a los pobres del país. En una conferencia de prensa realizada en la Iglesia Bautista Ebenezer en Atlanta, el 4 de diciembre de 1967, King reveló los planes iniciales de una campaña de desobediencia civil masiva a largo plazo en Washington, D.C., que superaría las barreras raciales para unir a los miles de personas que vivían en la pobreza.
“Esto no será una mera marcha de un día en Washington”, declaró, “sino un viaje hacia la capital de la nación emprendido por ciudadanos sufrientes e indignados que permanecerán allí hasta que se tome alguna medida concreta y positiva para proporcionar empleos y medios de ingreso a los pobres”. Bajo la dirección de King y el auspicio de la Conferencia de Líderes Cristianos del Sur, la “campaña de los pobres” se programó para comenzar el 22 de abril de 1968, pero quedó pospuesta cuando King resultó muerto a tiros en una visita a Memphis el 4 de abril.
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Interior
Costume\Jewelry\Ring\Wedding Band
Artwork\Poster
Costume\Jewelry\Watch\Wrist watch
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Male
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Activist\Civil rights activist\Civil rights leader
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Religion and Spirituality\Clergy\Minister
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Portrait
National Portrait Gallery
Restrictions & Rights
© George Tames/The New York Times/Redux
Artist
George Tames, 1919 - 1994
Sitter
Martin Luther King, Jr., 15 Jan 1929 - 4 Apr 1968
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Frances O. Tames
Medium
Chromogenic print
Dimensions
Image: 27.9 x 19.1 cm (11 x 7 1/2")
Sheet: 35.6 x 28 cm (14 x 11")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6 cm (22 x 16")
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition
One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey
On View
NPG, East Gallery 141
1968
Type
Photograph
Object number
NPG.94.224
Culture
Martin Luther King, Jr.: American\African American