News Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.: Pictures of the historic civil rights leader By amNY staff Updated April 3, 2019 4:21 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. sent shock waves around the world 51 years ago. The civil rights leader was fatally shot on April 4, 1968, while visiting Memphis, Tennessee, in support of black sanitation workers fighting for better pay. In commemoration of his life, take a look back through King's legacy. Photo Credit: Newsday / Al Raia Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. poses at City Hall with his wife Coretta Scott King and New York City Mayor Robert F. Wagner on Dec. 17, 1964. Wagner had given King a medallion declaring him an honorary New Yorker. Photo Credit: Newsday / Dick Morseman Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., leaves the press room at Kennedy International Airport on Dec. 16, 1964. King had just arrived from Sweden after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. Behind King is a spokesman, Cleveland Robinson. Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil and religious leaders make their way from Selma to Montgomery on March 22, 1965, in Alabama, on the third leg of the Selma to Montgomery marches. Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. greets supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963, during the March on Washington in Washington, D.C. Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., third from left, walks with supporters during the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963. Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. displays his Nobel Peace Prize on Dec. 10, 1964, in Oslo, Norway. Photo Credit: Newsday / Stan Wolfson The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. rides a bicycle on Fire Island on Sept. 2, 1967. Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images Singer Harry Belafonte shakes hands with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Aug. 21, 1964, at Kennedy Airport. Belafonte was an early supporter of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and '60s, and he was one of King Jr.'s confidants. Photo Credit: Newsday / Bill Senft The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. talks to a packed school auditorium at South Side High School in Rockville Centre on March 26, 1968, when he toured Long Island. Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King emerge on March 23, 1956, from Montgomery Courthouse after his trial on charges of conspiring to boycott segregated city buses. Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., center, is accompanied by famed pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock, second from left, Father Frederick Reed, third from right, and union leader Cleveland Robinson, second from right, at a March 16, 1967, anti-Vietnam war demonstration in Manhattan. By amNY staff Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic NY Historical Society exhibit of photos from the 1965 march from Selma to MontgomeryStephen F. Somerstein photographed the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march. The forgotten civil rights protests of the World's Fair 1964As the city continues to mark the anniversary of the 1964-1965 World's Fair, a new documentary takes a look back at the civil rights protests that marred opening day as well as the struggle to open a pavilion devoted to African Americans in the U.S. MLK message especially needed today, New Yorkers sayThis year, the holiday vibrates with renewed importance. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.