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He arrested 30 times in his short life, most notably in Birmingham, where he wrote his famous Letter from a Birmingham Jail; but this is not that booking photo. That day he was wearing blue jeans and a casual shirt. We believe this may be the mug shot taken after his first arrest in 1955 for leading the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott, a yearlong campaign that launched him to world prominence. Our search for the origin of this photo proved fruitless, except in illustrating how often it has been republished around the world. You're looking at the best of America here and take hope from it, even as the USA prepares to inaugurate Donald Trump.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested 30 times in his short life, and treated as a criminal, much like Jesus. This is his booking photo in Birmingham, Alabama, where he passed the time writing his famous Letter from a Birmingham Jail, excoriating the Bishop of Alabama and other mainstream Christian leaders who said they favored civil rights but these things take time; lots of time. (Birmingham P.D.)

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