Dr. King Monument Analysis

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Sculptures honor individuals worthy of immortal respect and praise. Dr. Martin Luther King lived a life parallel to none; he was intelligent, peaceful, ambitious, and determined. He remained true to his people and beliefs through much hardship and refused to take a backseat. A sculpture of Dr. King must be complex, detailed, and pay tribute to every aspect of his heroic life. Of the five sculptures considered by the university, they absolutely made the correct choice by choosing the one which most completely reflects what Dr. King exemplified and what he accomplished. The other sculptures are simply insufficient in expressing the importance of such a wonderful man. The sculpture of just Dr. King’s head and the one of him standing and speaking do not say enough about this true American icon. A closer look at these pieces will provide further evidence for the universities decision. Wendy Ross’ sculpture of Dr. King standing and speaking is actually quite similar to the top half of the one the university chose. Dr. King is captured standing up seemingly in the middle of one of his historical speeches. Dr. King’s posture, right foot forward with his right arm extended, illustrates his ability to command attention. Dr. King was a highly respected pastor with the profound ability to deliver life-changing speeches. His posture and stance highlight Dr. King the orator, a natural born motivator. Further supporting King as a great orator is the fact the he is depicted with his mouth open, clearly engaged in speech. This highlights King’s desire and fearlessness to speak out against persecution. From his “I have a dream” speech to his Man of the Year cover in TIME magazine, Dr. King was never afraid to speak up and demand equality of African Americans. Being shown with his mouth open truly communicates to people the impact one can make by standing up and speaking up for what…...

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