Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Jan. 16. Here are a few photos of the great man we have in our archives. Most are Associated Press photos, but we also have a couple photos taken when he visited Omaha. For a showcase of more photos of King, click here.
This photo was submitted by the Haynes family. It shows King with Paul Hayes during a June 1958 visit to Omaha.
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was photographed by The World-Herald standing and waving after being elected vice president of the National Sunday School and Baptist Training Union Congress. The 1958 convention, a week long event at the City Auditorium in Omaha that was attended by 15,000 delegates, was at the time the second largest in Omaha history. At left is Dr. O. Clay Maxwell, who was elected president of the congress.
A meeting of Robert F. Kennedy and King at the White House in 1963.
African-American churches played a pivotal role for black families from pre-Civil War times to the modern Civil Rights Movement. Serving as “war rooms,” these churches prepared blacks for freedom, equality and position on the world stage, including Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala., where King presided from 1954 to 1960.