Learn About The Nobel Museum’s Martin Luther King Jr. Exhibit – Your Black World

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By: Ryan Velez

September 28th marked the unveiling of an exhibition in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, and Ebony has more about the exhibit itself an how it came to be a few months after the fact.

In collaboration with the King Estate, Nobel Museum and Nobel Media have produced the exhibit “A Right to Freedom-Martin Luther King Jr.,” stated a press release from the Museum. According to the release, the goal of the exhibit is to “bring attention to the importance and necessity of basic human rights and promote the 1964 Novel Peace Laureate’s vision of equality and justice for all through nonviolence.”

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In attendance at the opening ceremony was King’s daughter, Bernice King. “As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of my father’s death, I wish to commend the Nobel Museum for its decision to dedicate a new exhibition to his life’s work, and the promotion of human rights,” Bernice King said in the release. “I am equally pleased to hear that my mother Coretta Scott King’s role and contribution as an activist in her own right will also be highlighted. I believe that my parent’s message of social justice and equality is as important today as ever before, and look forward to being in Stockholm to open the show.”

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King was awarded the prize in 1964 for his nonviolent campaign against racism. For curator Ashley Woods, the inspiration to do the exhibit occurred three years ago, when she was shocked to learn that African-Americans were the largest portion of the prison population, as well as about the number of black people killed by police officers.

“Visiting The King Center in Atlanta I listened intently at King’s powerful words of wisdom: “We are all caught up in an escapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny, what effects one directly effects all indirectly.” I understood and realized then that whatever what happening in the United States also affects the rest of the world…That “if we are not part of the solution, then we are part of the problem.” I immediately called the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, and proposed doing an exhibit on Human Rights and the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr,” Woods shared.

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