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Artist:
Joseph Stein, 1916 - 1977  Search this
Sitter:
Martin Luther King, Jr., 15 Jan 1929 - 4 Apr 1968  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
36.2 x 19.1 x 23.5 cm (14 1/4 x 7 1/2 x 9 1/4" )
Culture:
Martin Luther King, Jr.: American\African American  Search this
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
1969
Exhibition Label:
Born Atlanta, Georgia
In the 1950s and 1960s, Martin Luther King personified the struggle for African American equality and justice. King’s synthesis of Christian theology and its message of a supporting and loving God, together with Mahatma Gandhi’s tactics of nonviolent protest, became the defining features of the civil rights movement. In 1963, King focused the nation’s attention on the African American struggle by leading a massive civil rights protest in Birmingham, Alabama, and helping to organize the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963, for which he delivered his historic
“I Have a Dream” speech.
Nacido en Atlanta, Georgia
En las décadas de 1950 y 1960, Martin Luther King fue quien personificó la lucha por la justicia y la igualdad de los afroamericanos. King combinaba el mensaje cristiano de un Dios amoroso y compasivo con las tácticas de protesta pacífica iniciadas por Mahatma Gandhi, y esa síntesis se convirtió en un rasgo distintivo del movimiento por los derechos civiles. En 1963 King logró concentrar la atención del país en la lucha de los afroamericanos con una protesta masiva por los derechos civiles en Birmingham, Alabama, y ayudó a organizar la Marcha a Washington por el Trabajo y la Libertad, que tuvo lugar el 28 de agosto y en la cual pronunció su histórico discurso “Yo tengo un sueño”.
Provenance:
Lester F. Avnet; gift to National Museum of African Art 1969; transferred 2000 to NPG
Topic:
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Male  Search this
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Activist\Civil rights activist\Civil rights leader  Search this
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Religion and Spirituality\Clergy\Minister  Search this
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Nobel Prize  Search this
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Presidential Medal of Freedom  Search this
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Congressional Gold Medal  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; transfer from the National Museum of African Art; gift of Lester F. Avnet, 1969
Object number:
NPG.2000.3
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
The Struggle for Justice
On View:
NPG, West Gallery 220
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2000.3