Monday, January 24, 2011

Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend Celebration.

Back in 1970, while I was still in the Art Department of Philly's KYW-TV3, I was asked to design sets for a "Special" we were doing about the recent history of the Civil Rights Movement.

This is the image I did depicting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Mahatma Gandhi.

Last year I did this drawing at the Zion Baptist Church, in Ardmore, PA during a rousing and rocking
"Unity Day Service," shared by the church, and two local Jewish Temples; Beth Am Israel and Main Line Reform. This year I joined my friend Nancy and her daughter Rachel, singing in the choir. Although a long ago lapsed Catholic, I do consider myself very spiritual, and I do love to sing, which we did on Friday evening and Sunday morning. I'll be looking forward to doing it again, this time next year.

Here are more images from the set designs done for the History of the Civil Rights Special, in 1970.
I used the profile of the young Black man as a recurring theme throughout the series.

Police dogs and Billy Cubs used on protesters.

Stokely Charmicael, Black Power, James Meridith shooting.

The murders of Medgar Evers and Emmett Till in Mississippi.


  1. The first rule was to have fun
    Isn't that the truth for all of us artistes.
    Love the little girl adding last minute finishing touches...
    Another well worn truth for me at least.
    Lovely post!!

  2. Thank you PB.
    But, for the sake of being sensitive to the children, and the concerns of their parents, I willingly made changes to this posting.
    I was the correct thing to do.
    And, a lesson learned.

  3. Loving all these graphic images!

  4. These posters are great Bill. How about one for the Barnes like this? We will soon be in court again and we could use a good poster. We'll talk.