Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrated in street art across the United States

A series of photographs of street art across the United States featuring the legendary civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King Jr. has emerged, as America celebrates the 32nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The pieces of artwork stretch the length and breadth of America, from Chicago to Los Angeles to New York, and give a real indication of the lasting legacy of King on America and its citizens.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and civil rights activist who became synonymous with the civil rights movement in America following his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. After leading more than 250,000 people in the ‘March on Washington’, a peaceful protest march aimed at highlighting the discrimination African Americans were still facing in the United States nearly 100 years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, King  gave his famous 'I have a dream' speech.

King was tragically assassinated by James Earl Ray in Memphis on 4 April 1968 while supporting a group of local African American workers on strike.  The waves of emotion caused by his killing in Memphis in 1968 rippled across the world and, in 1983, Martin Luther King Day was made an official public holiday in the United States, to be celebrated on the third Monday of January.

All images: Mediadrumworld.com

Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrated in street art across the United States

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