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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks at a reception at the Savoy Hotel, London, September 21, 1964
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
7 5/8 x 5 11/16 in. (19.37 x 14.45 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: P2021.13.8

Barriers Down Soon, But... Says Dr. King: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks at a reception at the Savoy Hotel, London. He said, "We are not far from the day when the barriers of segregation will be completely destroyed in the South." He warned, however, that although blacks in his country might be receiving their Civil Rights now, they were still far from being granted complete social acceptance by their "white brothers". Dr. King was in London on a one-day visit to launch the British version of his latest book on the Civil Rights struggle in America, "Why We Can't Wait".

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.

On verso: typewritten label with title and date affixed.

Ferrotyped prints have a sensitive surface, usually shiny and thinner, because they are put through a press while still wet. Ferrotyping makes the surface of the photograph smoother. Light does not scatter as much on a smoother surface, so this increases contrast. That makes ferrotyped images better for press photography.

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  • Image Dimensions: 7 5/8 x 5 11/16 in. (19.37 x 14.45 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin
  • Sheet Dimensions: 8 5/8 x 6 1/16 in. (21.91 x 15.4 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin

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