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Stevie Wonder singing “Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King to you” at rally on the National Mall in protest for a MLK Jr. National Holiday

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Photograph by:
Milton Williams, American, born 1940  Search this
Subject of:
Stevie Wonder, American, born 1950  Search this
Rev. Jesse Jackson, American, born 1941  Search this
John Conyers Jr., American, 1929 - 2019  Search this
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., American, 1929 - 1968  Search this
LeBaron Taylor, American, 1935 - 2000  Search this
Kenny Gamble, American, born 1943  Search this
Lula Mae Hardaway, American, 1930 - 2006  Search this
David Allen Clarke, American, 1943 - 1997  Search this
Johnnie Taylor, American, 1937 - 2000  Search this
Georgie Woods, American, 1927 - 2005  Search this
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 9 1/4 x 14 in. (23.5 x 35.6 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm)
gelatin silver prints
Place depicted:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
January 15, 1981
A black-and-white photograph of a birthday memorial celebration for Martin Luther King, Jr. on the grounds of the Washington Monument. The image features a line of people with arms crossed and holding hands. In the line is Stevie Wonder, singing "Happy Birthday" into a microphone. From left to right in the front row are LeBaron Taylor, vice president of CBS Records; Kenney Gamble of Philadelphia International Records; Lula Hardaway, Stevie’s mother; D.C. Council chairman Dave Clark; Sam Jordan, a D.C. city government official; Reverend Jesse Jackson; Stevie Wonder; Representative John Conyers; singer Johnny Taylor; and Georgie Woods, Philadelphia disc jockey. The photograph is stamped and inscribed on the back.
African American  Search this
Activism  Search this
Civil Rights  Search this
Photography  Search this
Singers (Musicians)  Search this
U.S. History, 1969-2001  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Milton Williams Archives
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© Milton Williams
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National Museum of African American History and Culture