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Icon Print - Martin Luther King Jr.

Icon Print - Martin Luther King Jr.

Icons by Br. Robert Lentz, ofm.

Influenced by his Russian Orthodox background and a period of study with a master iconographer, Lentz's unique style blends classical Eastern iconography with contemporary elements and "witnesses."

Dimensions: 10.75" x 8.5"

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)

This icon depicts Martin Luther King Jr., one of the martyrs of the 20th century. He was an ordained minister of the Baptist Church. From 1955 until his death, he led a campaign of nonviolent resistance in the United States against racial oppression and injustice. The number he wears around his neck is from a "mug shot" taken one of the many times he was arrested by the American police for resisting unjust laws. The prison bars behind him represent the occasions he was placed in jail, and also the oppression and slavery of African Americans in the United States. The text on his scroll is from his speech in Albany, Georgia, on December 14, 1961. The Greek inscription by his head reads "Holy Martin."

Since the eighteenth century, the faith of African-American Christians in America has been tied to the struggle for freedom. Like the Old Testament prophets, Martin Luther King Jr. renewed the bond between faith and political action. Although his life was threatened many times, he continued to expose himself to danger. He was shot on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.

© Robert Lentz, 1984

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Large Prints, Prints
Weight: 0.5 lb.