Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Decoded

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King Appreciated in the Arts

Long after his passing, Dr. King continues to be branded through the mediums of literature, theater, music, memorials, art and more. Musically, none of the various songs that have honored MLK have been as significant as Stevie Wonder’s “Happy Birthday,” which was created to regenerate support for the campaign to make Dr. King’s birthday a federal holiday and reached No. 2 on the UK pop charts. On Broadway, “The Mountaintop,” in preview sales alone has grossed $1,526,258 in ticket sales with an 85% average attendance rate. The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial cost approximately $120 million. Also, many visual artists have works set to debut in homage of Dr. King, including creative artist, Beau McCall’s ambitious 6-series button crown project. “His legacy has infinite possibilities to be retread and reinvigorated through new media and pop culture,” states Peterson.

King Appreciated in the Arts

Long after his passing, Dr. King continues to be branded through…

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