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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)
While the location of this mural above a trash disposal site seems unusual, the artist of this Harlem-based work incorporated one of King’s most famous quotes into the piece: “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

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