Gallery-TitusKaphar2015On this day commemorating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, it’s worth noting the Civil Rights movement, led by King, was a Christ-centered movement not a Bolshevik self-centered movement.

There is only one God. If he is the father of all of us, then we are, therefore, all brothers. That is why we sing the freedom movement: “We shall overcome some day; deep in our hearts we do believe; we shall overcome some day.” Yes, black and white believe that we shall overcome. Many people are becoming frustrated, hopeless, and disillusioned. Because of the slow pace we are making in the direction of human rights and individual freedom, they are turning aside to false detour signs such as black power, separatism, and uprisings in cities (the so-called riots). Our road to world peace does not lead through these. We will not win through black power, white power, and not even through “green power.” But we will win only through the power of God. Ralph David Abernathy, International Inter-Religious Symposium on Peace convened in New Delhi, 1968

Artwork by: Titus Kaphar, from Drawing the Blinds, at Jack Shainman Gallery in NYC through February 21, 2015.