Courtesy of Bobby Martin

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death. To honor his legacy, The Atlantic is publishing a special edition of the magazine. Featuring rarely published speeches by King; contemporary voices including Bernice King, John Lewis, and Jesmyn Ward; and excerpts from The Atlantic’s own archives, the issue reflects on the man who defined the civil rights movement and how his message still resonates today. Keep an eye on your mailbox—a copy is being mailed to every member, and you’ll receive a PDF by email this week.   

Today, we’re bringing you a sneak preview: I talked with Bobby Martin, founding partner of The Original Champions of Design, who designed the issue, about the inspiration behind the cover.

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