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Crowd singing We Shall Overcome inside Ebenezer Baptist Church during first birthday celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Photograph by:
Horace C. Henry, American, born 1948  Search this
Subject of:
Coretta Scott King, American, 1927 - 2006  Search this
Harry Belafonte Jr., American, 1927 - 2023  Search this
Unidentified Man or Men  Search this
Unidentified Woman or Women  Search this
Unidentified Child or Children  Search this
Alberta King, American, 1904 - 1974  Search this
Bernice Albertine King, American, born 1963  Search this
Ebenezer Baptist Church, American, founded 1886  Search this
Printed by:
Unidentified  Search this
ink on paper
H x W: 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm)
inkjet prints
Place captured:
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
January 15, 1969; printed 2011
This shot was taken during a portion of the program when everyone was invited to sing the official adopted hymn of the Civil Rights Movement "We Shall Overcome".
This black and white photograph shows members of the King family inside Ebenezer Baptist Church for Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday commemoration in 1969. Coretta Scott King is standing in the center of the photograph with Bernice and Alberta King standing to her right. Harry Belafonte is looking at the camera and standing with his arms crossed at proper left. There are unidentified attendees standing around the family. The background of the church is dark in the image and a light from press equipment is illuminated above Coretta Scott King. The back of the photograph has a manufacturer's mark, and handwritten and printer's inscriptions.
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
Baptist  Search this
Civil Rights  Search this
Photography  Search this
Religion  Search this
Religious rituals and ceremonies  Search this
Singers (Musicians)  Search this
The Black Church  Search this
U.S. History, 1961-1969  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Horace C. Henry
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Restrictions & Rights:
© Horace Henry
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Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture