Rebel Spirits

Fifty years later, explore the unique tie between Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. in this special temporary exhibit on the Seventh Floor.


In March 1968, when Robert Kennedy finally announced his candidacy for president, Martin Luther King felt confident he could win and resolved that RFK would be the first politician he would officially endorse.

Photo, Lawrence Schiller (courtesy Lawrence Schiller Archive), 1968


In February 1960, Dr. King moved his family from Montgomery to Atlanta to devote more time to the Southern Christian Leadership Council and its freedom struggle. Two months later, the Ku Klux Klan burned a cross on their front lawn.

Unidentified photographer (courtesy Getty Images), 1960


The Watts Riots began as a minor scuffle after a black motorist in Los Angeles was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Six days of arson and looting followed, requiring the intervention of 4,000 Army National Guard troops.

Photo, Lawrence Schiller (courtesy Lawrence Schiller Archive), 1965