"One Life: Martin Luther King Jr." at National Portrait Gallery Friday, July 5

August 28 marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech. At the National Portrait Gallery, the museum is recognizing the event with a new exhibit that honors the man and the work he did. The show includes bits from nearly every aspect of King’s life: photos of him with his family outside Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala.; an image of him riding Montgomery’s first integrated bus in 1956; and a Time magazine cover from the museum’s enormous collection. There’s enough in the exhibit to keep casual history fans engaged, but curators hope that visitors will come away with a fuller understanding of King’s life, as a minister, an orator, and as a family man. Even as we celebrate King’s signature moment, viewers have the opportunity to reflect on all the work he did, from his days as a pastor to his final work protesting the Vietnam War.

The exhibit is on view daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. to June 1 2014 at the National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. Free. (202) 833-8300. npg.si.edu

Our Readers Say

Like in baseball on Jackie Roberson day every player had number 42 on. How about on the 50th anniversary all Us TV Stations or most of them play the speech at the same time !

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