LIFE magazine has just published a series of photos from the civil rights struggle today. These compelling & historic images illustrate two major King events/movements — the 1957 “Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom,” in which he delivered the “Give Us the Ballot” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial, and the Freedom Rides of 1961, specifically the leg from Montgomery, Alabama, to Jackson, Mississippi. Show them to an ungrateful, punk-ass kid you know….

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