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Image holds strong memories for family of King bodyguard

Image holds strong memories for family of King bodyguard

Stephanie Cox-Batson was out for a jog last month when a photograph in an art gallery window stopped her in her tracks.

The shot, taken July 6, 1966, showed Martin Luther King Jr. surrounded by tense police bodyguards as he entered Soldier Field to make the biggest speech of a summer-long campaign to confront racism in the city.

The photo evokes the heat and drama of the moment as the bodyguards, aware of threats to King's life, trudge warily at his side. Behind them, the stadium's Grecian columns seem to float atop the waiting throngs in the stands.

"I just saw the strangest thing," Cox-Batson told her husband, Barry, when she returned from her run, "a...

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