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Journalism he won for the black and white image of correta Scott king the widow of Martin Luther king taken at the funeral of the murdered civil rights leader for Honda hide as been speaking to Mineta sleet sun Gregory her to switch pack my father found a location that was vacant right next to the pew sacked by happenstance as he explained put in writing a position to see Mrs king and her daughter Berniece over her lap and Mrs king strikes recently dignified pose she was just incredibly under control in my opinion of course she was imposing this is journalist and using his well seasoned journalistic instincts are that's how to shop came to take place the first motion new the king's widow and his daughter was taken at the Ebenezer Baptist church in Atlanta Georgia on April the ninth nineteen sixty eight Dr king had been shot five days earlier on his hotel balcony in Memphis Tennessee my husband face the possibility of death without bitterness and hatred he knew that this was the fifth the fire team told me infected with racism and violence and his integrity aligned his motive and distorted his views which will ultimately lead to his death I need to sleep was born in Owensboro Kentucky in nineteen twenty six when the south was still segregated his interest in photography began when he was a boy it was stopped by the gift of a brownie camera his parents made him always seem to be taking pictures around he was a fine student very bright some of actually he ended up going to Kentucky state university and then began to find his way north like so many other African Americans in the south at that time many to sleep travel to New York where he enrolled at New York University receiving a master's degree in journalism in nineteen fifty he joined the stuff of the black currant magazine ebony in nineteen fifty five his assignment often left him covering the civil rights movement of the nineteen sixties as a results money defeats came to know doctor king well he recorded major events such as the nineteen sixty three March on Washington the Montgomery bus boycott and the events in Selma Alabama in nineteen sixty five my father was given sort of unique access at times to Dr Chang and so beautiful photograph of doctor king fast asleep and is of birth with his hands folded over his chest and a copy of a book by Mahatma Gandhi resting on his chest he's fast asleep the March on Washington and he was there and there were other significant moments the Montgomery bus boycott does a very poignant picture with Dr king in the foreground and Rosa Parks in the background so dad had a many opportunities thankfully to cover seminal events in in the life of the family and the life of Dr king we all benefit from that the history he not only chronicled the American civil rights movement he also captured the work of black celebrities and traveled widely including in Africa taking photos in many of the continent's newly independent states one foreign assignment involved traveling with the king family to also learn new way when doctor king received the Nobel Peace Prize in nineteen sixty four it led to a memorable encounter for Gregory that was going off on an assignment as we were used to him too and he said Greg I want you to come with me so we took me into the bowels of the airport we went up to a set of double doors and I remember seeing the initials V. I. P. my dad said stay right here in a few minutes later the crowd apart it was like the Red Sea parted and come through the crowd a walking my dad and and doctor king Dr king walk a straight up to me and extended his hand and I was in shock I reached out my hand and that's the end of my recollection many years later I got a an envelope in the mail and it was an eight by ten black and white of that encounter and along with it was a program from the Nobel ceremony on it and doctor king's hand to Gregory who all right which of great future and whose father I admire very much in the word very is on the line and Martin Luther king how lovely and do you still have it they have pride of place yes it does it hangs over my desk you can't miss it so absolutely has a place of pride as a result of their friendship and fleets many assignments covering civil rights marches when Martin Luther king was assassinated in April nineteen sixty eight money to seek cover the funeral but it almost didn't happen initially there.