A King Relaxed

The civil rights leader takes on Chicago.

One of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s most remembered, photographed, and epic civil rights moments was the Great March on Washington in August 1963. The photo here, though, taken three years later in Chicago in January, has been less seen. It shows a candid King—someone charismatic and very good at pool. King had come to the city to protest the lack of decent housing for African Americans.

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