king, obama, and a miami underpass

April 4, 2008 § Leave a comment

(image by NURI VALLBONA/MIAMI HERALD STAFF)
Serge Toussaint holds a photo of the first version of his Martin Luther King Jr. work under Interstate 95 at Northwest 62 Street. Toussaint removed the image of Barack Obama.
Miami Herald article posted on April 4, 2008 by Trenton Daniel.
Serge Toussaint painted a mural of slain civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on an Interstate 95 underpass. He has since been forced to cover Obama’s image. He used white primer. The muralist said he was paid by the city of Miami to paint a King theme piece as part of a beautification project.

”What’s the point of painting Martin Luther King Jr. if you can’t paint his dream?” said Toussaint, referring to Obama as King’s realized dream of racial harmony.

After painting over the Obama portion of the image, Toussaint explained, ”I was so ashamed,’. . . It was like I was painting on Mr. Obama himself — `Bro, I’m sorry!’ ”

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