January 15, 2009 | 15 views
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.s dream lives on
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. Sleets 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 husbands 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 Childrens March.
And to coincide with next weeks inauguration, the museum examines the recent presidential campaign through posters and varied campaign items which promoted President-elect Obamas 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.