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    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Western Christian Leadership Conference, June 17, 1962. Left to right, Gilbert Lindsay, Ralph Abernathy and Dr. King, with unidentified man. Charles Williams Collection. Institute for Arts and Media Photographs.

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