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Martin Luther King Jr. stands in front of a bus at the end of the Montgomery bus boycott. Montgomery, Alabama December 26, 1956. (Photo Credit: Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Martin Luther King Jr is arrested by two white police officers in Montgomery Alabama on September 4, 1958. (Photo Credit: Bettman/Corbis)

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. sits in a jail cell at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham, Alabama. October 1967. (Photo Credit: Bettman/Corbis)

Dr. King (left) and Stokely Carmichael (right) walk together during the March Against Fear in Mississippi June, 1966. (Photo Credit: Flip Schulke/Corbis )

Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife, Coretta, lead a five-day march to the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery in 1965. (Photo Credit: Bettman/Corbis)

Martin Luther King leading march from Selma to Montgomery to protest lack of voting rights for African Americans. Beside King is John Lewis, Reverend Jesse Douglas, James Forman and Ralph Abernathy. March 1965. (Steve Schapiro/Corbis)

Rev. King waves to the crowd at the March on Washington, August 28,1963. (Photo Credit: Bettman/Corbis)

Coretta King was a powerful woman who, after her husbands assassination, became the leader of a worldwide movement for peace and love.

There is nothing wrong with a traffic law which says you have to stop for a red light. But when a fire is raging, the fire truck goes right through the red light…Or, when a person is bleeding to death, the ambulance goes through those red lights at top speed… Disinherited people all over the world are bleeding to death from deep social and economic wounds. They need brigades of ambulance drivers who will have to ignore the red lights of the present system until the emergency is solved. Massive civil disobedience is a strategy for social change which is at least as forceful as an ambulance with its siren on full.
—  Dr. King

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we share Leonard Freed’s photo of King greeting a crowd in Baltimore upon returning to the United States after winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. 

[Leonard Freed. Baltimore, Maryland: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. being greeted upon his return to the United States after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. October 31, 1964. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2016 Leonard Freed/Magnum Photos]


“where ever there is a man who exercises authority, there is a man who resists authority. disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. it is through disobedience that progress has been made.” 

– oscar wilde, on how “the long arc of the moral universe bends towards justice”

This is Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech as you’ve never heard—err, seen it before.

Artist Neil Harbisson was born completely colorblind, but with the help of a color-sensing headpiece, he can hear every shade of the rainbow. Each color is assigned an audible frequency, which means Neil can listen to paintings… and also paint everything he hears.

Watch his TED Talk to learn how it works>>