The Dream of Martin Luther King in 200 Photos

50 years after the assassination of Martin Luther King, a photographic voyage retraces the struggle for civil rights of Afro-Americans: a difficult and relentless walk lasting a century and a half, from the times of racial segregation to the turnabout of the ‘60s. Around 200 images, including shots by important photographers and archival photos, tell of the interrupted dream of the unforgettable non-violent leader. In the itinerary, creations by masters such as Lewis Hine, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks Arthur Rothstein, Jack Delano, but also the official photos of the Civil War, the reports commissioned by the U.S. government to document the outcome of scholastic integration and the drought that hit the plantations of the Cotton Belt in the 1930s, immortalised in rare colour photos. All finally leading up to the Civil Rights March of 28 August 1963 with Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Marlon Brando, to the celebrated “I Have a Dream” speech, spoken by Martin Luther King in front of a massive crowed in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, and his assassination in 1968 by white supremacist James Earl Ray, after which, the rage and disappointment of Afro-Americans exploded in a wave of revolt.
Francesca Grego - © 2018 for Bulgari Hotel Milano