Martin Luther King, Jr. Speaking on the Steps of Sproul Hall, May 19, 1967
20 in HIGH x 16 in WIDE
(50.80cm HIGH x 40.64cm WIDE)
Gift of the artist.

on mat, in pencil, lower proper left below photograph: "Helen Nestor 67/84"
Helen Nestor: Personal and Political

A historic photograph of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., speaking out against the Vietnam War on the steps of UC Berkeley's Sproul Hall, taken by Berkeley photographer Helen Nestor on May 17, 1967. "It was a warm and special feeling to photograph him," said Nestor, who has polio and was allowed close access to King because she used a wheelchair. "The students were very charged up and very much with Dr. King. It was a special time."

During King's speech, the civil rights leader told students: "America has brought the nation and the world to an awe-inspiring threshold of the future...And yet we have not learned the simple art of walking the earth as brothers and sisters...You, in a real sense, have been the conscience of the academic community and our nation." 


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