|(oil on canvas)
On the 50th anniversary of the Martin Luther King, JR. speech, I listened to a recording from Youtube while reading the National Archives transcript. It was the first time I listened to the speech in its entirety. I was struck by the weight of the context and equally by the beauty of his words such as:
Lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity … the fierce urgency of now … sunlit path of racial justice … soul force over physical force … veterans of creative suffering … the content of their character … every valley shall be exulted, every hill and mountain will be made low.
From these words I was motivated to paint.