Martin Luther King Jr.
Medium:Reproduction of a Watercolor
Note: Above dimensions are for the artwork, not the paper.
Watercolor on paper portrait of Martin Luther King Jr.
In 1994, local Grand Rapids artist Jon McDonald painted a series of African-American role models. He brought these portraits to inner-city schools and to predominantly white suburban schools, asking the children if they knew was shown in the portraits and telling the children personal stories of his experiences with those portrayed. The portraits included movie Producer Spike Lee, a former U.S. House Representative Barbara Jordan, astronaut Fred Gregory and Pediatric Neurosurgeon Alexa Canady. When asked why he chose certain individuals McDonald stated, “Each one of them had a horror story, where they could have taken a wrong turn, but they didn’t…When I was a kid, there were not black astronauts, so I didn’t believe you could do that. Now, you can do anything you want.”