Martin Luther King, Jr.: Living Memory
This online memorial offers a glimpse into the civil rights leader’s final years, as told through the pictures of acclaimed photographer Ben Fernandez.
Living Memory, a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., premiered on kodak.com on the anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination. Photographer Ben Fernandez first met Dr. King on April 15, 1967, at a march from Central Park to the United Nations. As the photographer took King’s photo, he saw a man wise to the price of freedom: “With a telescoping sight on a rifle, a sniper could have just as easily taken a shot at him. Dr. King was very aware of this, and often said he was sure he was going to come to a violent end.” Fernandez’s thoughts on capturing the image of Dr. King accompany several photographs, in addition to excerpts from Dr. King’s speeches and stories submitted by visitors to the site. The power and emotion of Ben Fernandez’s black-and-white photographs and Dr. King’s words stand eloquently on their own, so a clean and simple site design was used to focus attention entirely on those elements. Each photo is accessible from any point in the experience, while excerpts of Dr. King’s speeches simultaneously create a linear narrative. Users can submit their own stories and thoughts about Dr. King’s legacy, which are posted beneath the photo of their choice to create a living memorial. A custom soundtrack plays uninterruptedly throughout the visitor’s exploration of the site.
Press & Awards“Walkthrough: Kodak’s Picture-Perfect Site,” New Media, Jeff Burger, May 24, 2000USA Today, Hot Sites, May 1, 2000
When civil rights giant Martin Luther King, Jr., said that ‘we are an inescapable network of mutuality,’ he may not have had the Web in mind. But this new medium certainly reinforces that vision.The Scout Report, April 21, 2000
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