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1. Let Freedom Ring: 15 Rare Photos Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (PHOTOS)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the iconic civil rights activist who was assassinated in 1968, sits with his hands raised in a restaurant on Sept. 21, 1963. The gesture, commonly used by African-Americans during their encounters with law enforcement, was transformed into a symbol of resistance and justice in the summer of 2014 when the death of an unarmed black teenager sparked protests nationwide.

2. Let Freedom Ring: 15 Rare Photos Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (PHOTOS)

In a rare color photo, Dr. King sits surrounded by people during a public address in Birmingham, Alabama (1962).

3. Let Freedom Ring: 15 Rare Photos Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (PHOTOS)

In this rare photo, Dr. King recovers in a hospital bed after he was stabbed in a Harlem department store in 1958.

4. Let Freedom Ring: 15 Rare Photos Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (PHOTOS)

Dr. King is photographed in his home with daughter Yolanda — he once remarked that he realized the “first dark cloud of inferiority had floated into her little mental sky” when he had to explain to the young child why couldn’t go to an all-white amusement park.

5. Let Freedom Ring: 15 Rare Photos Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (PHOTOS)

Dr. King is photographed relaxing at his Montgomery, Alabama home in 1956.

6. Let Freedom Ring: 15 Rare Photos Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (PHOTOS)

Dr. King is photographed relaxing at his Montgomery, Alabama home in 1956.

7. Let Freedom Ring: 15 Rare Photos Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (PHOTOS)

Dr. King, wife Coretta Scott King and daughter Yolanda are photographed relaxing at their Montgomery, Alabama home in 1956.

8. Let Freedom Ring: 15 Rare Photos Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (PHOTOS)

A young King is photographed in his vestments as pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama in the 1950s.

9. Let Freedom Ring: 15 Rare Photos Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (PHOTOS)

Dr. King is arrested on April 12, 1963 during an anti-segregation march.

10. Let Freedom Ring: 15 Rare Photos Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (PHOTOS)

Dr. King and his children, Yolanda and Martin Luther III, wave from the ‘Magic Skyway’ ride at the Worlds Fair in New York City on Aug. 12, 1964.

11. Let Freedom Ring: 15 Rare Photos Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (PHOTOS)

In a rare color photo, Dr. King is photographed making a public address in Birmingham, Alabama. (1962)

12. Let Freedom Ring: 15 Rare Photos Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (PHOTOS)

Dr. King sits in a meeting in 1960 with other civil rights campaigners.

13. Let Freedom Ring: 15 Rare Photos Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (PHOTOS)

Dr. King and wife Coretta are pictured with their children at their home in the 1960s.

14. Let Freedom Ring: 15 Rare Photos Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (PHOTOS)

Dr. King removes a charred cross from his front lawn — his Atlanta home was targeted by the Klu Klux Klan just the night before. (1960s)

15. Let Freedom Ring: 15 Rare Photos Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (PHOTOS)

In this James Karales photograph, Coretta Scott King is upset with her husband after he refused to defend himself during an attack by a racist. He remarked: “The system we live under creates people such as this youth. I’m not interested in pressing charges. I’m interested in changing the kind of system that produces such men.”

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