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Camilo José Vergara began photographing art in poor urban areas in the 1970s. He soon realized that one of the most prevalent figures in the artworks was Martin Luther King Jr. (Camilo José Vergara)

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

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Martin Luther King Jr murals
(Maura McCarthy)
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.

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