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PHOTO FLASHBACK: The Rev Dr Martin Luther King, Jr in Jamaica, June 1965

Published:Friday | June 18, 2021 | 7:46 AMA Digital Integration & Marketing production
The Rev. Dr Martin Luther King (second from right) studies photographs hanging from the cut-stone backing of Marcus Garvey Mausoleum after laying a wreath at Garvey’s shrine in the George VI Memorial Park on Tuesday, June 22, 1965. Others in the picture are, from left, Mr Frank Hill, Chairman of the Jamaica National Trust Commission; Mrs Amy Jacques Garvey (Mr Garvey’s widow) and Mr Eustace White, secretary of the Jamaican branch of the U.N.I.A.
Rev. Dr Martin Luther King in dark glasses and Mrs King at the Palisadoes airport on June 20, 1965. With them are Dr Philip Sherlock, UWI Vice-Chancellor, third from left and Senator the Hon. Hugh Shearer, Leader of Government Business in the Senate.
Rev. Dr Martin Luther King (centre) greeting the Rev. A.C. Alexander just before the valedictory service in the Assembly Hall at the University of the West Indies on June 20, 1965. With Dr King is Mr W.E. Gocking, chairman of the UWI chapel committee. Others in the reception line are the Rev. D.W.F. Jelleyman, Rev. William Mayberry, Dr K.O. Laurence and the Rev. F.R. Hazell. At left are: Mrs King and Dr Philip Sherlock, UWI Vice-Chancellor.
Part of the large gathering which turned out at the National Stadium for the civic reception and presentation of the keys to the City of Kingston to the Rev. Dr Martin Luther King, American civil rights leader on June 21, 1965.

Jamaicans from all walks of life understood the importance of the visit of Dr Martin Luther King Jr, making the Civil Rights leader feel right at home with throngs of support wherever he went throughout his visit. The fact that he was given the keys to the city also tells that the history-making nature of his visit was not lost.

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