JR Pays Tribute to the Civil Rights Movement

JR Pays Tribute to the Civil Rights Movement with a Mural

Street artist, JR – known for his trademark B&W portraits that flank inner city communities – marked the 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Activist, Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech by using real archived photographs from the Civil Rights Movement to create giant murals in the Sweet Auburn district of Atlanta, Georgia where King grew up.

King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech was delivered on August 28th, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. to over 250,000 civil rights supporters.

JR Pays Tribute to the Civil Rights Movement

JR Pays Tribute to the Civil Rights Movement

JR Pays Tribute to the Civil Rights Movement

JR Pays Tribute to the Civil Rights Movement

JR Pays Tribute to the Civil Rights Movement

*Steven Blum’s photograph from the Poor People’s Campaign of 1968,courtesy Emory University’s SCLC collection, was turned into a 30-foot-by-40-foot mural at Auburn Avenue and Hilliard Street. Flip Schulke’s photograph from the 1963 March on Washington was turned into an 18-foot-by-35-foot mural at the corner of Edgewood Avenue and Hilliard Street. Elaine Tomlin’s photograph from the 1995 Million Man March, courtesy Emory University’s SCLC collection, is now a mural at Edgewood Avenue and Jessie Hill Drive.

via Creative Loafing where you can read Debbie Michaud’s Q&A with JR.

*Image credit: Dustin Chambers