Martin Luther King, Jr., Man on the Street

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On this, the day that we remember the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we point you to a most interesting selection of public art portraits of King found and photographed by Camilo Jose Vergara. (The one above can be found at 219 E. Martin Luther King Boulevard in Los Angeles.) “These images, which I have been documenting since 1977, regularly appear on the walls of the liquor stores, auto-repair shops, fast-food restaurants, mom-and-pop stores, and public housing projects of Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, and many other cities across the country,” notes Vergara on The New York Times website, which hosts the slide show. “[Dr. King] is often accompanied by his famous phrase, ‘I have a dream’ — a reminder that in many of the communities where these murals exist, the gulf between hope and reality remains far too wide.”

And so, from all of us at UnBeige, have a dreamy Martin Luther King Day!