Dream Assignment

Photographer Bob Adelman's picture of Martin Luther King, Jr., taken 40 years ago, captures one of the greatest speeches in American history

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Bob Adelman)
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A quarter century after King’s death, Bond said Americans had realized only half of King’s dream. Today, he says, "the fact that the jobless rate for blacks remains twice that of whites is an indication of how little things have changed."

Adelman went on to work as a freelance photographer, taking pictures of Andy Warhol for Esquire and Roy Lichtenstein for Life, among many others. Now 72 and living in Miami Beach, he is working on a book of his Warhol photographs and a book of his photographs of African-Americans. He is the author or coauthor of 30 books, including 2000’s King: The Photobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. He remembers the 1963 march vividly: "There are not a lot of times and places where one’s ideals and the real world come together, but that was one of those places."


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