I Have a Dream: Artwork Inspired By Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we commemorate the work of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., whose dedication to the fight against racial inequality through nonviolence continues to inspire today. In honor of the civil rights leader, we take a look at some of the countless pieces of artwork dedicated to Dr. King across the nation.

1. MLK FOLK MURALS SERIES BY CAMILO JOSé vergara

MLK_CAMILOJOSEVERGARAvia Camilo José Vergara

Known for his prolific work in photographing the underserved urban areas of the United States since the 1970s, writer and photographer Camilo José Vergara has an entire portion of his work dedicated to documenting the murals of Dr. King nationwide. “I didn’t set out to intentionally document murals and signs,” Vergara writes in an article for TIME Magazine. “Rather, I found one and photographed it, then another, and soon I had a unique, well defined collection of images of Dr. King. And in talking to artists and storekeepers, I learned that these folk images expressed the way inner-city residents saw him.”


2. Dream Big by Pete Fecteau

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Although it might not be obvious at first glance, this monumental tribute to Dr. King by designer Pete Fecteau is composed of 4,242 individual Rubik’s Cubes.


3. A Great Man Once Said by Lavoi

MLK_samlavoievia Deviantart, user Lavoi

Designed by a student from the Rhode Island School of Design, this portrait of Dr. King is made up entirely of his iconic I Have a Dream speech during the March on Washington in 1963.


4. Only in darkness can you see the stars by DANGERDUST

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Part of a secret chalkboard project that led two college students to form their own graphic design studio, Dangerdust sketched out this inspiring quote from Dr. King in the hope that it would inspire others at their university.


5. MLK ON MLK BY KEVIN BATE

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Tennessee-based muralist Kevin Bate is known for his large-scale portraits that cover countless buildings in his home base of Chattanooga. This tribute to Dr. King graces this brick surface on the corner of MLK Blvd.

In NYC? Learn how you can commemorate Dr. King’s legacy in the city here.

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