Photo ArchiveTwo original press photos of the gathering on National Solidarity Day at the National Mall. The photos measure 9.25" x 8" inches. June 19, 1968. This rally was part of the Poor People's Campaign, an initiative launched by Martin Luther King shortly before his assassination in April of 1968. Over 50,000 people lined the Reflecting Pool in the National Mall on that day. They sang, prayed, and listened to speakers recall the day five years before when Dr. King had given his “I Have a Dream” speech in the same location. SCLC Chairman Ralph Abernathy and Coretta Scott King were speakers at the event. National Solidarity Day was called to support the people of Resurrection City, an impromptu encampment on the National Mall formed of members of the Poor People's Campaign who traveled to DC to honor King's memory and advance their mission of economic and social justice. These original press photo taken by photojournalist within tight timeframe for the benefit of particular editorial board and with the aim of usage by the press to illustrate an article often affected public opinion in the nation. The photos capture the scale and energy of this historic event in its full effect. In very good condition.