Item #17950 Martin Luther King Jr. Original Photo Going To His Last Sermon Before His Assassination. Martin Luther King.

Martin Luther King Jr. Original Photo Going To His Last Sermon Before His Assassination

Original Photo

The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. is pictured with Dean Francis B, Sayre, Jr. and a police escort. Original silver gelatin press photo. 4.5" x 4" inches. Washington, D.C., 1968. King is pictured here with Dean Francis Sayre Jr., the dean of the Washington National Cathedral, on March 31, 1968. King was invited by Sayre to deliver a sermon titled "Remaining Awake through a Great Revolution", which would be tragically be his last. King was assassinated on May 4th in Memphis, just days later. In this photo, King and Sayre are pictured on the lawn of the National Cathedral and are accompanied by a Capitol Police officer. The two men are pictured in good spirits. King wears a black suit and tie while Sayre wears a suit over his clergy shirt. Sayre was one of King's most outspoken supporters and marched with him in the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery. Sayre, who was also the grandson of President Woodrow Wilson, used his pulpit to advocate for civil rights and denounce the Vietnam War, poverty, segregation, and McCarthyism. These original press photos were 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 photo has some press markings in red on margins and on the periphery of the image. A bit minor yellow age toning of some background trees in image but overall the image quality is sharp and clear. In very good condition overall and very rare and important.

Item #17950

Price: $1,800.00