Saturday, April 4, 2009

Contents of a briefcase: 4/4/68

Martin Luther King's briefcase, photographed at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis shortly after Dr. King was assassinated:

It's the ordinariness of the contents--pajamas, brush, newspaper, shaving cream--compared to the greatness of the man, and to the horror and tragedy of the event, that has always stayed with me about this photo.

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