An exhibition to honor Dr. Martin Luther King will be unveiled Sept. 28 at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, the Nobel committee announced this month.
In collaboration with the King Estate, Nobel Museum and Nobel Media have produced the exhibit “A Right to Freedom-Martin Luther King Jr.,” which according to the release “brings attention to the importance and necessity of basic human rights and promotes the 1964 Novel Peace Laureate’s vision of equality and justice for all through nonviolence.”
King’s youngest daughter, Bernice King, will be on hand at the exhibit opening.
“As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of my father’s death, I wish to commend the Nobel Museum for its decision to
dedicate a new exhibition to his life’s work, and the promotion of human rights,” Bernice King said in the release. “I am equally pleased to hear that my mother Coretta Scott King’s role and contribution as an activist in her own right will also be highlighted. I believe that my parent’s message of social justice and equality is as important today as ever before, and look forward to being in Stockholm to open the show.”
Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 “for his nonviolent campaign against racism,” according to the organization.
Curator Ashley Woods said she was inspired to do the exhibit when she visited the U.S. three years ago and was shocked at finding out that African-Americans make up the largest portion of the prison’s population.
Woods said she was also surprised at how many unarmed African-Americans were killed by police officers, which came at the time where a grand jury acquitted Timothy Loehmann, the cop who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland in 2014.
She told EBONY.com, “Visiting The King Center in Atlanta I listened intently at King’s powerful words of wisdom:
“We are all caught up in an escapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny, what effects one directly effects all indirectly.” I understood and realized then that whatever what happening in the United States also effects the rest of the world…That “if we are not part of the solution, then we are part of the problem.” I immediately called the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, and proposed doing an exhibit on Human Rights and the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Woods, who will take part in the panel with Bernice King and Dr. Karcheik Sim-Alvarado, historian and exhibition consultant, said EBONY magazine would be featured in the exhibit.
“It was very important to feature EBONY in “A Right to Freedom” and to let viewers understand just how influential EBONY was in the struggle for African-American civil rights,” she said. “I think King knew and appreciated from an early stage that the African-American press and notably EBONY provided regular well-written coverage of the Civil Rights Movement as it unfolded in the 1950s and ’60s, and King appreciated this.”
“A Right to Freedom” is open until September 2019 and features photographs of King and interviews with notable figures who knew the civil rights leader.
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