Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King on March 6, 1957 in Accra, Ghana. The Kings were in Ghana at the invitation of Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah to celebrate the end of British colonial rule and Ghana’s emergence as an independent nation. The King’s trip was paid for by the Montgomery Improvement Association and Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. In April 1957, Dr. King delivered a sermon to his congregation at the church about the trip and made the following observation: “The thing that impressed me more than anything else that night was the fact that when Nkrumah walked in, and his other ministers who had been in prison with him, they didn’t come in with the crowns and all of the other garments of kings, but they walked in with prison caps and the coats that they had lived with for all of the months that they had been in prison. Nkrumah stood up and made his closing speech to Parliament with the little cap that he wore in prison for several months and the coat that he wore in prison for several months and his ministers round about him. That was a great hour. An old Parliament passing away. And then at twelve o’clock that night we walked out. As we walked out, we noticed all over the polo grounds almost a half million people. They had waited for this hour and this moment for years.” Photo: Mark Kauffman, Time Life/Getty.

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