Revisiting The Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection

50 years ago today President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, a momentous piece of legislation that prohibited racial discrimination in voting. The law – which abolished literacy tests and poll tax designed to disenfranchise African American voters – came just seven months after Martin Luther King, Jr. and many other civil rights advocates marched on Selma, drawing attention to the issue. In honour of Dr. King’s contribution to that historic and most important piece of legislation, we looked back at some of the historic documents offered at the sale of The Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection at Sotheby’s on 30 June 2006.