Wentworth Student's Artwork Selected for Annual MLK Event
January 13, 2017
Elliot Nwaobi, BEET ’17, a longtime admirer of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has created the artwork that will accompany the 2017 MLK Breakfast event held by the Colleges of the Fenway.
“I had a visual in my mind about Dr. King’s legacy and the legacy of activism in the United States,” he says. “I felt the contest was a good opportunity to express that visual and pay homage to those things.”
Students from the six COF-member schools were encouraged to submit artwork to serve as the centerpiece for the MLK Breakfast on January 20. The COF Student Activities Committee selected a piece by Nwaobi, as well as one by MassArt student Gamuchirari Dhliwayo.
Nwaobi’s drawing depicts several students and community figures, including a police officer, marching together in a call for unity. Text borrowed from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities accompanies the image and reads, “I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss. I see the lives for which I lay down my life, peaceful, useful, prosperous, and happy. I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and in the hearts of their descendants, generations hence. It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done.”
“I really hope that my piece reminds people of the sacrifice protestors make and have made in the best interest of our society as a whole,” says Nwaobi. “I also wanted to portray how much we as individuals can make a difference when we stand for a good cause.”
The breakfast on January 20 starts at 8:15 a.m. and will take place in the Pozen Center at MassArt (621 Huntington Ave., Boston). The breakfast will feature a series of performances, in addition to reflection. COF staff and faculty are invited to attend.
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