MLK Art Gallery

by Payal Shukla

Photo credit: Raneen Zubi

Photo credit: Raneen Zubi

Benedictine University hosted a Civil Rights art gallery and reception entitled ”Chicago’s Civil Rights,” on Sunday February 1. The reception was hosted on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Professional photographer Bernard J. Kleina provided the photographs for the event. Kleina is an activist for social justice and spent most of the 60’s on the front lines of the demonstrations capturing all of the important moments.

According to the Benedictine University of Lisle’s website, the exhibit was created in order to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the work that he did in the Civil Rights movement during the years of 1965 and 1966. During this time, the Chicago Freedom Movement was in effect and many people marched and rallied in places such as Soldier Field, Marquette Park, Chicago City Hall, and Grant Park.

“ I loved this exhibit because it was amazing to look at all of the various photographs and by doing so, I felt like I was there,” said senior Alka Sajan.

The exhibit celebrates the efforts of Dr. King and other civil rights leaders.

The display includes many different images of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rev. Jesse Jackson, Andrew Young, a former Atlanta Mayor and UN Ambassador, and Coretta Scott-King.

The photographers that were part of the exhibit capture effectively the people who put on the peaceful marches as well as the people who wanted to destroy them.

Kleina’s photographs demonstrate the moments and the true essence of the mood during this time period.

The photography in this exhibit also includes five to ten other contemporary photographs that also show all the progress that has been made in the movement.

Check the BenU Website for more information on the amazing exhibits displayed on the fifth floor of Kindlon.