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Mrs. Coretta Scott King, third from right, bows her head during commemorative services in Atlanta marking the birthday of her slain husband, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., January 15, 1973
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 15/16 x 9 5/8 in. (17.62 x 24.45 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg in honor of Myrlie Evers-Williams.
Accession Number: P2021.13.68

Mrs. Coretta Scott King, third from right, lead others as she bows her head during commemorative services marking the birthday of her slain husband, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Others from left: Reverend Martin Luther King Sr., Mrs. Alberta King, Isaac Farris, United States Representative Andrew Young, Georgia Democrat, Dexter King, Bernice King, Mrs. Coretta King, Dr. Benjamin Mays and Martin Luther King III, Atlanta, Georgia.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1954 until his assassination in 1968.

Coretta Scott King (1927-2006) was an American author, activist and Civil Rights leader. She was the wife of Martin Luther King, Jr., and she helped lead the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. She took part in the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 and worked to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Andrew Young (1932-present) is an American politician, diplomat, and activist. Young was an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement, serving as Executive Director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He was a close confidant of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Benjamin Elijah Mays (1894 – 1984) was an American Baptist minister and Civil Rights leader who is credited with laying the intellectual foundations of the Civil Rights Movement. Mays taught and mentored many influential activists: Martin Luther King Jr, Julian Bond, Maynard Jackson, and Donn Clendenon, among others.

Martin Luther King, Sr. (1899-1984) was an American Baptist pastor and missionary. He was an early figure in the Civil Rights Movement. He was the father of Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968).

Associated Press ID #7301150558

On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: date stamp.

Wire photographs were originally transmitted over phonelines, then later, by satellite. They were first used in the early 1920s. Associated Press became a leader with this. After pigment touch-ups, etc., the print is put into a drum (like a drum scanner). The image gets converted into audio tones that are transmitted. The tones are received and beamed onto photo-sensitive paper. Wire photographs are copies without originals---they are hybrid, transmitted objects. (Britt Salvesen, Curator and Department Head, Photography Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, March 30-31, 2022)

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  • Image Dimensions: 6 15/16 x 9 5/8 in. (17.62 x 24.45 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 8 x 10 1/8 in. (20.32 x 25.72 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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