Throwback Thursday // Martin Luther King Jr.
By: Marie Force, Delta Archivist, Atlanta
Civil rights activist and future Nobel Peace Prize recipient Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. flies Delta. Shown in a jetway at New York-JFK in August 1965, are left to right: Delta Stewardess Merry Kay “Sam” Forrest, Rev. Lee, Stewardess Linda Tomlin, Dr. King and Stewardess Judi Oswald.
We are honored to be able to share this snapshot with you, thanks to a donation by Sam Forrest to the Delta Flight Museum. At the time, Sam was a new flight attendant, who had joined Delta in late 1964. Sam says, “I knew Dr. King was an important man, and therefore, I wanted a picture with him to capture that time.” She was based in New Orleans then, but most of the flights she worked stopped in Atlanta, so she believes Dr. King had probably just flown from his home in Atlanta to New York City.