Today's image is titled "A snowy 'Living the Dream'" and was photographed by Kristian Knutsen.
This photo depicts "Living the Dream," a public sculpture commemorating the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. Created by Frank J. Brown, it is located on the terrace at the southeast corner of the Madison Municipal Building, facing the boulevard from the Capitol to Monona Terrace that bears King's name. The inscription at the base of the sculpture quotes the Reverend: "One Day... when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning: My Country 'tis of thee." This, of course, is a quote from I Have a Dream, King's best-known address.
On Friday, Jan. 13, Reverend Jesse Jackson spoke at the National Conference on Media Reform in Memphis, Tennessee, warning listeners not to romanticize King's legacy, and exhorting them to honor, pick up, and move forward King's challenge to the status quo. A video clip of Jackson's speech can be viewed here on Dane101.
This photo was taken in the midst of a snowstorm on the morning of Jan. 15, 2007, the date of this yea's Martin Luther King Day. The date is also King's actual birthday, as he was born on Jan. 15, 1929 in Atlanta.
On Tuesday, Jan. 9, the City of Madison and Dane County formally announced the recipients of the 2007 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award and the 2007 Dane County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recognition Award. These awards will be introduced as part of the holiday observance this evening at the Capitol Theatre at the Overture Center, which closes a weekend of community events organized by the King Coalition. More details are also available from The Capital City Hues.
There is a larger version of the photo in the gallery at right.
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