American Civic Life

King’s Last Full Year of Life: Protest, Praise, Ire, Incarceration

Jan 13, 2022

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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. discusses his planned poor people’s demonstration from the pulpit of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., on March 31, 1968. (AP Photo)

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. discusses his planned poor people’s demonstration from the pulpit of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., on March 31, 1968. (AP Photo)

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks about his opposition to the war in Vietnam at Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, in New York. RNS file photo by John C. Goodwin

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks about his opposition to the war in Vietnam at Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, in New York. RNS file photo by John C. Goodwin

President Lyndon B. Johnson, right, talks with Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders in his White House office in Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 1964. (AP Photo)

President Lyndon B. Johnson, right, talks with Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders in his White House office in Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 1964. (AP Photo)

The Rev.. Martin Luther King Jr. is struck by a rock during a march in Chicago on Aug. 5, 1966. RNS archive photo

The Rev.. Martin Luther King Jr. is struck by a rock during a march in Chicago on Aug. 5, 1966. RNS archive photo

The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, center left, holds hands with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. while singing “We Shall Overcome” during a civil rights rally at Soldier Field in Chicago on June 21, 1964. Photo courtesy of OCP Media

The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, center left, holds hands with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. while singing “We Shall Overcome” during a civil rights rally at Soldier Field in Chicago on June 21, 1964. Photo courtesy of OCP Media

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., right, and other civil rights leaders, are pushed off the road as they resume a voters march begun by James Meredith. Religion News Service file photo

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., right, and other civil rights leaders, are pushed off the road as they resume a voters march begun by James Meredith. Religion News Service file photo

Inhabitants of Resurrection City, home of the Poor People’s Campaign in Washington, read newspaper accounts on June 8, 1968, of the capture of James Earl Ray, the accused assassin of the Rev.. Martin Luther King Jr., in London. Announcement of the capture was read over the public address system in the campsite. RNS archive photo. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society

Inhabitants of Resurrection City, home of the Poor People’s Campaign in Washington, read newspaper accounts on June 8, 1968, of the capture of James Earl Ray, the accused assassin of the Rev.. Martin Luther King Jr., in London. Announcement of the capture was read over the public address system in the campsite. RNS archive photo. Photo courtesy of the Presbyterian Historical Society

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