Wentworth Student's Artwork Selected for Annual MLK Event

January 13, 2017

Wentworth Student's Artwork Selected for Annual MLK Event

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.

Wentworth student Elliot Nwaobi, BEET ’17, has long admired the work and message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. When the Colleges of the Fenway (COF) announced a student contest for its 19th Annual MLK Breakfast event, Nwaobi saw an opportunity to showcase an idea that had long resided in his head.

“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.

--Greg Abazorius

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