is an intern at The Root and senior journalism major at Howard University.

American Royalty

Martin and Coretta King in the early days.

Shepherds Leading the Flock


Dr. King, Ralph Abernathy, John Lewis and others prepare to lead marchers on the third leg of the infamous march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The march started with the gruesome “Bloody Sunday” that resulted in violent attacks from Alabama police.

Eyes on the Prize


Dr. King displays his Nobel Peace Prize medal on December 10, 1964 in Oslo, Norway.

A Sign of the Times


President Lyndon B. Johnson and Dr. King during the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The Dream Team


King stands with other major players in the civil rights movement. (Left to right) John Lewis, Whitney Young, Philip Randolph, Martin Luther King, James Farmer and Roy Wilkins met in New York on March 6, 1963 to discuss the organization of the Aug. 28 March on Washington.

A Speech that Defined a Generation


On Aug. 23, 1963, King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Soul Men


Two Black American icons – Soul Train host Don Cornelius interviews Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Internationally Known, To Rock the Microphone


Dr. King speaking to supporters at “Movement for the Peace” in Paris in 1966.

Road to the White House


Dr. King met with President John F. Kennedy and other civil rights leaders in the White House on Aug. 28, 1963.

In the Mourning


Dr. King’s body was returned to Atlanta for his April 1968 burial after being assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. Two mules pull the slain leader’s coffin through the Georgia streets as a final farewell from supporters.