MEET ME AT MLK BLVD

“If a friend calls you on the telephone and says they're lost on Martin Luther King Boulevard and they want to know what they should do, the best response is ‘Run!’” - Chris Rock

THE PROJECT

Anywhere I travel I look for a streets named after Martin Luther King Jr. Many are in the U.S. and in many other countries. I look for them first because he’s someone who I highly admire. It started with just photographing the street signs and to see what’s on these streets and the surrounding neighborhoods. It has expanded in wanting to meet people who live and work there, and create a photo book. The book will show these places and the stories of people I meet along the way. So far I have visited over 20, in places around California, New York, Germany, Jerusalem, and most recently Chicago (see photo below).

A CROSSROAD

Seeing how common this street is to many cities in the US and other countries, I’m finding a common theme of human dignity. MLK didn’t just keep to his personal circle, but strived to help all people. What are the perceptions that come to mind when we think of places we might not want to go? Can our perceptions be changed? Using MLK Street as a meeting place or a crossroads, I’m asking the question of, “do we live in a world unto ourselves, or for others?” From big and small, I’m finding people who impact their communities in being themselves.


GET INVOLVED

Would you consider partnering with me? I need financial assistance to help make this project a completed reality. With help in travel costs, I can dedicate more time to have it all finished within a year. I travel cheap, but I still need help. Financial support will go to helping with flights, car rentals, bus rides, and places to stay. Along with the travel, I will need financial help to produce the book and market it appropriately.

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Current Status

  • Looking for sponsors to help fund this project to completion.

  • Currently planning a trip through the Pacific Northwest.

  • Researching contacts. If you have any suggestions in any US states or countries, please feel free to contact me.

  • Building a KickStarter Campaign to get backers.

MLK STREETS to visit

Ideally I would like to find streets on every continent. I haven’t found any yet in Asia or Australia.

In the USA

On the list of places to visit are: Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, Detroit, Cleveland, Jersey City, Camden

International

England, Netherlands, Denmark, France, Spain, Italy, Chile, Central African Republic, Haiti

For international, the big challenge beyond cost is language. Part of these trips will require hiring a guide and translator to help talk with people.

MLK STREETS VISITED

New Orleans
Jackson, MS
Selma, AL
Tuskegee, AL
*Montgomery, AL
Los Angeles, CA
Merced, CA
Denver, CO
Chicago, IL
Jerusalem, Israel
Frankfurt, Germany
Atlanta, GA
Chattanooga, TN
Memphis, TN
Tupelo, MS
Oakland, CA
San Francisco, CA
Washington DC
* Not an MLK street, but significant in MLK and Civil Rights history


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Meet Bunny

Finding Martin Luther King Jr. Drive on the map, I went to see what I could find. On the train, I was confused on where I had to switch from a red-line to the green-line. I turned to ask someone sitting near me for help and a man offered directions to help.