Martin Luther King Jr. accomplished more in 39 years of life than any man could wish to accomplish in 100 lifetimes. He was born January 15, 1929 into a life of Southern segration but would eventually be thrust into a unique position where he would become a national icon in the history of American progressivism. We all know bits and pieces about Martin Luther Kings Jr.’s life but today, on his 84th birthday, read his Wikipedia to learn more about one of the most interesting figures in history. To celebrate this great icon we’ve pulled together 50 rare and iconic photos. Keep in mind, some of the photos toward the end might be considered graphic but they are a wildly important piece of history and must be included.