Montclair Artist Don Miller’s “The King Mural” Screening and Presentation at MPL


Don Miller

Montclair Public Library (50 South Fullerton Avenue) will host a short screening and presentation by Craig Miller, Dr. Judy Miller and Frank Gerard Godlewski about Montclair Artist Don Miller and his “The King Mural” on Wednesday, February 1 at 7 pm.

Craig Miller, son of Don Miller, will discuss the art of the King Mural and his father’s art-making process. He will share the presentation recently offered at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, with photos of Don Miller making the mural, and discuss the importance of the imagery in the mural.

The mural, painted in his studio in Montclair, was installed at the National Library In Washington, D.C. On August 27, 1985, many of Dr. King’s closest associates and historic civil rights figures came to visit Miller to participate in an extraordinary taping for Montclair resident and TV personality Gil Noble’s ABC TV show, “Like It Is” with a special episode, “The Making of the King Mural,” using the mural as a backdrop. For five hours they shared their experiences with Dr. King and his important influence on their lives.

Several of the historic figures portrayed in the artwork came to Montclair for the mural.Rosa Parks, the heroine of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, as did Dr. Caroline Goodman, the mother of the slain CORE worker Andrew Goodman, Reverend Ralph D. Abernathy, Mrs. Dorothy Cotton from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Atlanta’s Mayor Andrew Young, Rev C.T. Vivian and Rev Wyatt Tee Walker. The great American pianist Don Shirley’s elegant music often served as an inspiration for the artist for the creation of this monumental tribute to Dr. King.

A smaller copy will be hung on the second floor of the library.
Don Miller’s “The King Mural”  screening and presentation
Wednesday, February 1 at 7 pm
Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ< 07042
Free, registration required here

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