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Exhibition Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times

Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955). Memento, 1997. Color lithograph with gold powder. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. © Kerry James Marshall. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York (008.00.00)

Civil Rights Memorial

In Memento, Birmingham, Alabama, artist Kerry James Marshall pays somber tribute to 1960s civil rights movement champions and martyrs. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and President John F. Kennedy are placed on a mourning banner near the center. Pictured above, wearing gold wings, are Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, four young girls killed in the 1963 Birmingham Church bombing, civil rights workers, and Black Panther members. In the foreground, a woman carrying flowers stands with her body turned toward history and her face turned toward present and future viewers.