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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King, 1962

Today marks the 35th Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday in the United States. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established in 1983 when President Ronald Reagan signed a bill into law to create a federal holiday honoring the great man, and was observed for the first time on January 20, 1986.

We are thrilled to have this portrait included in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s celebration of MLK, and in their Portraits of African Americans exhibition on Google’s Arts and Culture platform.

Please read Mr. Karsh’s comments on the civil rights leader.