Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), Nobel Peace Prize laureate and architect of the nonviolent civil rights movement, was among the twentieth century's most influential figures. One of the greatest orators in U.S. history, King is the author of several books, including Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, The Trumpet of Conscience, Why We Can't Wait, and Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? His speeches, sermons, and writings are inspirational and timeless. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968.
Bob Adelman has photographed cover stories for magazines including Esquire, Time, People, LIFE, Harper's, the New York Times Magazine, and Paris Match. An award-winning photojournalist, Adelman has exhibited his photographs at the Smithsonian and the American Federation of Art, and has them included in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Adelman is well-known for his photographs documenting the civil rights movement; he was in Birmingham, Selma, and DC, often by King's side.
Charles Johnson is professor of English at the University of Washington and the author of Dreamer, Africans in America, and Middle Passage.