From the Archives: Martin Luther King Jr.

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.


From the documentary "We Shall Not Be Moved"

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.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, gives his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, 1963.


Mourners waiting to view the body of King line up outside Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta just after dawn on April 9, 1968.

Jolene McHugh

About Jolene McHugh

I was a graphic artist prior to coming to the Omaha World-Herald in 2007, and now I’m a photo imaging specialist, which means I prepare photos to print properly in the newspaper. I also have the incredibly fun task of restoring old photographs from our massive library. My favorite part of my job is getting lost in the history and stories behind the photographs. Many of the archive photos have little or no information attached, so I need to properly date and identify the people and places in them. Researching the stories is a bit like being on a historical scavenger hunt. The largest challenge I face is restoring photos we run in our books. Our newest book, “At War, At Home: The Cold War” is filled with hundreds of old photographs, and most of them small and in poor condition. I live in Omaha with my husband, one of my daughters and three very furry Maine Coon cats.
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  1. Bill Shafer says:

    I’m looking for a picture that was on the front page of the World Herald around 1951 or 52 where do I go. Thank you in advance,

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