7 Facts You Might Not Know About Martin Luther King Jr.

by Jason Baker & Lia Hawkins

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This poster was designed for the express purpose of making people see historical figures outside of the context provided by historians. To most display how convoluted history can get, we have chosen Martin Luther King Jr., a man whom historians have placed in a box. Not many people know much of King beyond the last stanzas of his “I Have a Dream” speech and the fact that he has a national holiday named after him.

The vivid colors in the background of the poster pop in contrast to the lettering, and the yin-yang symbols hidden throughout symbolize King’s goals of unity.

This poster provides you with information about King that you may not have been aware of. But it also hopes to change the view of King that historians have provided you.

History is very most often written by winners, winners that mold what we know to think how they want us to. Going back to the first civilizations, records were always scribed by the heads of villages, who have contrasting views compared to their subjects. This trend has always existed as long as dominators have. Even now, all students learn are the wars of history, the heroes of history, and the Western perspective. Hopefully, by looking at this poster, and understanding that even though “it looks like orange juice, it smells like orange juice, and they tell you it’s orange juice” to question what you’ve been taught, and not drink the glass of history without proper knowledge of its contents.

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