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

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 murals
(Maura McCarthy)
“This mural is sort of divided,” says Vergara of the South Los Angeles artwork. “One side is the American part, the eagle, the flag with Martin Luther King. The other part is the Mexican and Latino part, which has the Basilica de Guadalupe [in Mexico City] and the Virgin Guadalupe behind. It’s patriotic in two ways.”

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