Martin Luther King Jr. by Mural
Photographer Camilo José Vergara captures varying portrayals of the civil rights leader in urban areas across the United States
- By Jess Righthand
- Smithsonian.com, January 12, 2011
(Camilo José Vergara)
King is pictured here between jazz pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington and a local politician. This painting is outside of a community center at the Marcy Houses, a Brooklyn housing project that has become widely known as the childhood home of rapper Jay-Z. The project consists of 27 six-story buildings and covers nearly 29 acres, housing about 4,300 residents.