Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Harry Belafonte stand behind Coretta Scott King as she speaks at the ‘Stars for Freedom’ rally on the last night of the historic Selma to Montgomery march in support of voter rights in Montgomery, Alabama on March 24, 1965. Photo: Robert Abbott Sengstacke/Getty Images.
Here's an interesting ELVIS PRESLEY fact: On this day in 1968, Elvis’s heartfelt reaction to the assassination of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired "68' Comeback Special" producer Steve Binder to ask songwriter Earl Brown to compose a song about Elvis’s feelings which resulted in the famous song “If I Can Dream.” 06/06/2013 <3
Martin Luther King Jr. was stoned (a thrown rock struck him in the head) during a March he lead (of about 700 people) in Marquette Park on Chicago's Southwest Side. The civil-rights leader and his supporters were in the white ethnic enclave to protest housing segregation practices. Approx 30 others were injured along with Dr King. He later explained why he put himself at risk: "I have to do this--to expose myself--to bring this hate into the open."
This is Claudette Colvin, who refused to be treated like a substandard citizen on one of those Montgomery buses â€” and did it nine months before Mrs. Parks. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his political debut fighting her arrest.