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19 Jan 2018

Philadelphia’s Young Artists celebrated the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with sculptures inspired by his quotes

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January 19, 2018 Category: Diaspora Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO:  The MLK commemorative event featuring sculptures of Dr. King done by Philadelphia school students at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 in Philadelphia.  (Jeff Fusco/AP Images for Comcast)

The students were joined by Comcast Officials, local Councilman, and the Philadelphia School of Creative and Performing Arts Principal.

With the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, and MLK Day on January 15th, Philadelphia’s young artist community is reminded of the Dr. King quote, “Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.”

The youth artists in turn celebrated his life today at the Philadelphia School of Creative and Performing Arts by unveiling sculptures depicting Dr. King designed using quotes from him as creative inspiration.

The more than 50 students commissioned by a Comcast initiative to design the sculptures, also attend schools and organizations from across Philadelphia, including the Philadelphia High School for the Creative & Performing Arts (CAPA), Art-Reach, Overbrook School for the Blind, Girard College, and Big Brother Big Sisters.

CAPA dancers perform at the MLK commemorative event featuring sculptures of Dr. King done by Philadelphia school students at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 in Philadelphia. (Jeff Fusco/AP Images for Comcast)

Bret Perkins, Vice President External and Government Affairs, Comcast Corporation, City Councilman, Kenyatta Johnson, and the Philadelphia School of Creative and Performing Arts Principal, Joanne Beaver all joined the students.

City Councilman Johnson presented each of the students with certificates, acknowledging their creativity and dedication to the arts and the historical day.

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Bret Perkins, VP External & Government Affairs at Comcast, Speaks at MLK commemorative event featuring sculptures of Dr. King done by Philadelphia school students at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 in Philadelphia. (Jeff Fusco/AP Images for Comcast)

One student, who received a certificate from the Councilman, described his process for the sculpture saying, “These statues embody the spirit of collaboration and creativity. They are important reminders of our history that is forever intertwined with the legacy of Dr. King and the Civil Rights movement.  And by giving form to these, we too have become a part of this great legacy.”

The nine, more than six-feet tall sculptures were revealed for the first time to the public during the event and will be going on display at prominent locations throughout the City through the end of February, also in celebration of Black History Month.

Locations include:

  • African American Museum
  • Betsy Ross House
  • City Hall
  • Comcast Center Plaza
  • Kimmel Center
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Philadelphia School District Main Building
  • Temple University

Virtual viewing has been made available on VoicesoftheCivilRightsMovement.com.

Comcast is proud to sponsor and lead this unique celebration of a true American hero and icon.

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