Together, 1975 / cast 2001, Selma H. Burke (1900-1995), bronze, H. 74 x W. 49 x D. 9 inches, James A. Michener Art Museum purchase with assistance from John Horton, William Mandel, the Bjorn T. Polfelt memorial fund, Carolyn Calkins Smith and the Friends of Selma Burke.

Today is the annual holiday commemorating one of America’s greatest and most well-known civil rights activists, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..  In thinking about this dignified, forward-thinking, peace-embracing gentleman, I was moved to not only hear a recording of his famous  “I Have a Dream” speech, but to also carefully and thoughtfully read a text version, taking in all of the richness of his words.

Through his words, it is clear that he believed firmly in freedom; the freedom of thought, expression and the creative spirit.  He believed in justice, inclusivity and brotherhood.  The ideas of truth, seeing reality for what it is, seizing the moment and never giving up on one’s dreams, no matter what challenges or difficulties one faced, were critical and at the forefront of his mindset.

Bucks County Artist, Selma Burke sculpted Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1980 at 80 years old, which was her last monumental sculpture. This sculpture can be found in Marshall Park in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Burke was a dedicated teacher and public activist, winning many awards and honors over her lifetime.

All of this got me thinking about what dreams I have for the world I live in and what ideas are at the forefront of my being.  What are your dreams and hopes for the world that you live in?

Please join me in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today by engaging in a colorful, creative art activity in which we actually draw out what are dreams look like-just as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed. Share it with your family and friends!

-Sumreen Z Chaudhry, Michener Intern