• Vine City Civil Rights Demonstration.

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    Vine City Civil Rights Demonstration
    • Date
    • 1966 January 31
    • Creator
    • Wilson, Bill (William Bryan), 1914-1993
    • Description
    • View of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Reverend Ralph David Abernathy (left) standing in the door of a substandard housing unit in the Vine City neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia where residents were protesting their living conditions. In January of 1... more
      View of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Reverend Ralph David Abernathy (left) standing in the door of a substandard housing unit in the Vine City neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia where residents were protesting their living conditions. In January of 1966, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his wife Coretta Scott King, and the Reverend Ralph David Abernathy and his wife Juanita led a protest march in the Vine City neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia to call attention to substandard housing in that area. less
    • Rights
    • Courtesy of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Cite as: Bill Wilson Photographs, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, Ga.
    • Partner
    • Atlanta History Center; Digital Library of Georgia
    • Contributing Institution
    • Atlanta History Center

Martin Luther King, Jr., was clearly the most prominent figure in the African American civil rights movement.  Born in 1929 in Atlanta, he became a Baptist minister and president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).  He was a strong advocate and skilled spokesman for nonviolence.  King’s outstanding leadership was recognized by the award of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He was assassinated in Memphis in 1968, but his legacy remains and he is widely commemorated throughout the nation and indeed the world for his remarkable civil rights achievements.