Martin Luther King, Jr.

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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
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
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition
The Struggle for Justice
On View
NPG, West Gallery 220
1969
Object number
NPG.2000.3
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
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
36.2 x 19.1 x 23.5 cm (14 1/4 x 7 1/2 x 9 1/4" )
National Portrait Gallery
Type
Sculpture