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11 iconic photos of Martin Luther King Jr.

Business Insider Logo By Daniel Brown of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 12:  Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., considered one of the greatest Americans to ever live, was assassinated 50 years ago on a balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. King rose to prominence after helping lead the Montgomery bus boycott, which led to a US Supreme Court decision that desegregated Alabama's bus system.  King went on to be the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Council, leading marches from Selma to Montgomery. A moving orator, King delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington in 1963. Inspiring generations to come, King's work and activism led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and more.  Here are 11 of the most iconic photos of King ever taken:

Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., considered one of the greatest Americans to ever live, was assassinated 50 years ago on a balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

King rose to prominence after helping lead the Montgomery bus boycott, which led to a US Supreme Court decision that desegregated Alabama's bus system.

King went on to be the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Council, leading marches from Selma to Montgomery. A moving orator, King delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington in 1963.

Inspiring generations to come, King's work and activism led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and more.

Here are 11 of the most iconic photos of King ever taken:

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