Monday, January 19, 2009

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. (unknown date)
Tracy A. Sugarman

Tracy Sugarman is a freelance artist and illustrator who, as a WWII naval office was never far from his drawing tools. See a collection of his works at the Library of Congress Veterans History Project in addition to a wonderful collection of archival material. A simple, yet rich portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sugarman was active in the civil rights movement and hist artistry brought us portraits of historical figures and events. "In 1964, he accompanied the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to work with the black community in the Mississippi Delta, recording the nonviolent civil rights struggle in drawings and photographs." (Rediscovery films). Sugarman was the only artist/photographer allowed in the courtroom of the trial of the murderer of Malcolm X.

The Civil Rights Movement through One Man's Eyes - slide show of Sugarman's work with accompanying audio.

Drawing Conclusions: An artist discovers his America - Book

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