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Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream lives on
By Karen Bloom
The centerpiece of this celebration is a multi-media exhibit featuring photographs of Dr. King by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, Moneta Sleet, Jr. The exhibit of Mr. Sleet’s photographs, which opened on Jan. 11, features prominent moments in Dr. King's life as captured by Mr. Sleet. Mr. Sleet was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1969 for his photograph of Coretta Scott King at her husband’s funeral. Mr. Sleet, who was born in Kentucky but later resided on Long Island, died in 1996.

The civil rights photos of recently retired Newsday photographer Jim Peppler will also be on display. A related multimedia exhibit incorporates historic documents and continuous showings of several documentaries, including “Citizen King,” “I Have a Dream,” “Eyes on the Prize,” and “Mighty Times: The Children’s March.”
And to coincide with next week’s inauguration, the museum examines the recent presidential campaign through posters and varied campaign items which promoted President-elect Obama’s message. The “Road to the Presidency” exhibit features the work of artists who contributed images used on posters for the Obama campaign, with more than 100 posters and other items on display. Among the works on view are photographs from the 2008 Democratic Party convention taken by Long Island native Alice Attie. In 2003, Attie published a photographic study of the economic and cultural changes taking place in Harlem, “Harlem on the Verge.” In addition, the exhibit will incorporate images of Barack Obama done by members of the Long Island Black Artists Association.

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