Image Of The Week: Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In Jamaica

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in JamaicaDr. King addresses a large crowd at the National Stadium after receiving the keys to the city of Kingston, presented by the Commissioner of the KSAC, Mr. Eustace Bird. -Gleaner Photo

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Jamaica
Dr. King addresses a large crowd at the National Stadium after receiving the keys to the city of Kingston, presented by the Commissioner of the KSAC, Mr. Eustace Bird. – Gleaner Photo

Our image of the week is taken from The Gleaner Archives.

On January 15, we remember the birthday of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr which is marked officially a US Federal holiday on the third Monday in January.

A clergyman, Dr. King was known best as a prominent leader of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.  He believed in non-violent civil disobedience and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through non-violence in 1964.

In June 1965, Dr. King visited Jamaica.  Explore our Famous Foreigners feature that shares some of the memorable moments from Dr. King’s visit  - where he went and what he said.

Just three years after his visit to Jamaica, Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968.

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