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Photographing the Streets Named for Martin Luther King Jr.

Susan Berger traveled the U.S. to capture scenes from these everyday memorials to the Civil Rights leader.
Jersey City, New Jersey
Jersey City, New JerseySusan Berger

Across the United States, more than 900 streets bear the name Martin Luther King Jr. The photographer Susan Berger didn’t visit them all, but her series, “Martin Luther King Dr.,” captures an essential truth about these streets—their diversity.  

Beginning in October of 2009, Berger began a pattern she’d repeat over the next year and a half. She’d pick an airport, then search on Google Earth for the Martin Luther King-named streets in the surrounding towns that she could reach in the time she allotted herself, usually about three weeks per region.