Friday, January 15

HISTORY ::: Happy Birthday Dr. King

by Edaw Wade
Digital canvas art 2007
Par of original mural 1971
Art Prints ::: from $28

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 and died April 4, 1968 as an extraordinary man. In the eleven-year period between 1957 and 1968, Dr. King traveled over six million miles and spoke over twenty-five hundred times, appearing wherever there was injustice, protest, and action.

Meanwhile he wrote five books as well as numerous articles. In these years, he led a massive protest in Birmingham, Alabama, that caught the attention of the entire world, providing what he called a coalition of conscience, and inspiring his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail", a manifesto of the Negro revolution.

He planned the drives in Alabama for the registration of Negroes as voters; he directed the peaceful march on Washington, D.C., of 250,000 people to whom he delivered his address, "l Have a Dream", he conferred with President John F. Kennedy and campaigned for President Lyndon B. Johnson; he was arrested upwards of twenty times and assaulted at least four times; he was awarded five honorary degrees; was named Man of the Year by Time magazine in 1963; and became not only the symbolic leader of American blacks but also a world figure.

At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others? ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Custom Canvas Art founding member artist, Edaw Wade has created many paintings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Some grace the walls of the City Colleges of Chicago, and others have been turned into digital canvas art. The mural above shows Edaw in front of his Howard University mural, by Edaw Wade, 1976.

See more murals by Edaw Wade.

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