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Martin Luther King Jr. and Roy Wilkins: Photo of the day

Martin Luther King Jr., Roy Wilkins and Thurgood Marshall

Martin Luther King Jr., Roy Wilkins and Thurgood Marshall Minnesota Historical Society/Cecil Layne

America pauses to honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr. today.

In that spirit, take a look at the photo above, taken in 1959. It shows the slain civil rights leader with Roy Wilkins and future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Wilkins, who rose to prominence as a leader of the NAACP in the 1960s, graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1923 with a degree in sociology. He was a reporter for the student newspaper, the Minnesota Daily, and once edited the St. Paul Appeal.

The old St. Paul Auditorium was renamed Roy Wilkins Auditorium in 1985 in his honor. King himself once spoke at a University of Minnesota rally against the Vietnam War.