Martin Luther King, Jr.

images for Martin Luther King, Jr.
Exhibition Label
Born Atlanta, Georgia
Although many important civil rights leaders emerged 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 Mohandas 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 August 28, 1963, March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, in which he delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech.
Provenance
Lester F. Avnet; gift to National Museum of African Art 1969; transferred 2000 to NPG
Topic
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Male
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Activist\Civil rights activist\Civil rights leader
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Religion and Spirituality\Clergy\Minister
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Nobel Prize
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Congressional Gold Medal
Portrait
National Portrait Gallery
Artist
Joseph Stein, 1916 - 1977
Sitter
Martin Luther King, Jr., 15 Jan 1929 - 4 Apr 1968
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; transfer from the National Museum of African Art; gift of Lester F. Avnet, 1969
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
36.2 x 19.1 x 23.5 cm (14 1/4 x 7 1/2 x 9 1/4" )
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition
The Struggle for Justice
On View
NPG, West Gallery 220
1969
Type
Sculpture
Object number
NPG.2000.3
Culture
Martin Luther King, Jr.: American\African American