This photograph was taken at the Massachusetts State House during Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s April 1965 visit to Boston. During this visit, Dr. King led a march from Roxbury to Boston Common with over 20,000 participants in protest of Boston's segregated and unequal schools and housing policies. Dr. King also addressed a joint session of the Massachusetts legislature on April 22, 1965.
Pictured here, from left to right, are Attorney Harold Vaughan, Rev. Virgil A. Wood, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Hasan A. Sharif (formerly Arnold M. Walker), and Rev. Dr. Michael Haynes.
Harold Vaughan was a member of the NAACP and a campaign advisor to John F. Kennedy. Virgil Wood was the President of the Massachusetts Unit of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and a close collaborator with Dr. King. Hasan Sharif was assigned to be Dr. King's driver during his visit. Rev. Michael Haynes was the minister at Twelfth Baptist Church, a congregation with historic roots in the Beacon Hill black community of the 19th century.