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Flip Schulke: Capturing the Life of a Leader in Photos

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Portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference office, Atlanta, Georgia, April 1964.
Dr. King delivers a sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, April 1964.  Both Dr. King and his father, Martin Luther King Sr., pastored at the church.  The church is now part of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.
Dr. King greets parishioners after a service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, circa 1964.
Dr. King with daughter Yolanda on their backyard swing set, Atlanta, Georgia, November 1964.
Dr. King playing baseball with son Martin Luther King III (Marty) in their backyard, Atlanta, Georgia, November 1964.
Coretta and Martin Luther King, Jr. with their children Yolanda, Bernice, Martin Luther III and Dexter at Sunday dinner, November 1964.
More than 250,000 people marched on August 28, 1963, to support civil rights for all Americans.  Flip Schulke took this photograph from the top of the Washington Monument.
Martin Luther King Jr. delivers the landmark “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963.
Marchers cheer after Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph Abernathy, and James Farmer at an SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) leaders meeting during the Selma Voting Rights Campaign, March 1965.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a memorial service for James Reeb, Selma, Alabama, March 1965.  Reeb, a white Unitarian Universalist minister from Boston, Massachusetts, was fatally beaten by white segregationists during a civil rights protest in Selma. To the right of Dr. King is the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, Dr. King’s lifelong friend and confidant.  Abernathy was the minister of Montgomery’s First Baptist Church and the vice president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Dr. King with civil rights activists in Selma, Alabama, during the Selma Voting Rights Campaign, March 1965.
Martin Luther King Jr. speaks at a voter registration event during a sheriff election, Alabama, April 1966.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Stokely Carmichael at James Meredith’s March Against Fear, June 1966.  In early June, Meredith had begun a solitary march from Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi, to promote voter registration and voting rights for African Americans.  After a sniper shot him with birdshot, other civil rights activists, including King, Carmichael, Cleveland Sellers and Floyd McKissick continued the march in his place.
Dr. King speaks to demonstrators from the steps of the Neshoba County Courthouse as local public officials watch from the windows above, Philadelphia, Mississippi, 1966.  After joining Meredith’s March Against Fear, Dr. King led a group of marchers to this Mississippi town where three civil rights workers had been murdered in 1964.
After the Supreme Court upheld a conviction for demonstrating without a permit, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is taken into custody in Montgomery, Alabama, to serve four days in jail, 1967.
Coretta Scott King with actor Harry Belafonte at Dr. King’s funeral, April 1968.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with his son, Dexter, April 1964.


The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin is home to the Flip Schulke Photographic Archive, one of the most historically important collections documenting the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

A close friend of Martin Luther King Jr. throughout this pivotal era, Schulke eventually compiled the largest known single archive of images of Dr. King and his family. Donated to the university’s Briscoe Center in 1999, Schulke’s photographs not only show King at public events, but also provide a candid view of his daily life, with many images never before seen by the public. Schulke’s photographs have another tie to the university campus, as the statue of Dr. King on East Mall is modeled after one of his images.

Schulke’s 10,000 photographs of the civil rights era are part of larger collection of 300,000 original images, including acclaimed photographs of Jacques Cousteau, Fidel Castro, John F. Kennedy, Muhammad Ali and the space program. To learn more about the Flip Schulke Photographic Archive and see more images from the collection, see the collection’s finding aid and the Briscoe Center’s digital database.