This was my first time ever taking pictures at an event. My brother in service had sent me a camera from overseas and I took it along just to have it. While insde the church with my fraternity brothers, a lady saw me with my camera and escorted me down to the front of the church with the news media.
This black and white photograph shows the interior of Ebenezer Baptist Church during the birthday commemoration for Martin Luther King Jr. in 1969. The seated audience can be seen in front of the camera facing the attendees seated on the chancel and Ralph David Abernathy, center, standing at the lectern to speak. Media equipment can be seen on the proper right and wreaths sit on the proper left. The church interior, including organ pipes and a central cross, are visible. The back of the photograph has a manufacturer's mark, photographer's stamp and a handwritten inscription.
This is A. D. King, Dr. King's younger brother. Some years after Dr. King's assasination [sic], Rev. A. D. King was found floating in his swiming pool dead. Some people speculated that the King family was "cursed", comparing it to the Kennedy family and it's [sic] many misfortunes .[ sic]
This black and white photograph shows A. D. King at the lectern turning back to speak with Cleveland Robinson, wearing glasses. The lectern and microphones can be seen in front of King. There are some attendees behind Robinson and the cross is visible in the corner. They are inside Ebenezer Baptist Church for Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday commemoration in 1969. The back of the photograph has a manufacturer's mark, photographer's stamp and a handwritten inscription.
Dr. Ralph David Abernthy addresses the audience as Rev. A.D. King on extreme left, and Rev. Conelius [sic] L. Henderson on extreme right listen to his speech. Notice the mixed crowd in pulpit.
This black and white photograph shows Rev. Ralph David Abernathy facing the camera and standing at the pulpit with microphones inside Ebenezer Baptist Church. Abernathy is speaking to an unidentified crowd at Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday commemoration in 1969. There is a crowd seated behind Abernathy. Rosa Parks and Cleveland Robinson can be seen in the center front of this crowd. Cornelius Henderson is on the far proper left under the organ pipes. The back of the photograph has a manufacturer's mark, photographer's stamp and a handwritten inscription.