Loyola University Maryland

Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation

About the Artwork

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Poster for the 2022 MLK Convocation at Loyola University Maryland, utilizing multiple visual elements from this image gallery

Poster: This poster design is based on symbols both of oppression and the struggle for equality to create a visual for the upcoming MLK Convocation.

Design by Louis Umerlik in Loyola’s Marketing and Communication Department

Pieces of red painters tape clumsily arranged in lines
Red Tape: The red tape symbolizes the extensive formalities that bar formerly incarcerated people from being citizens and sentences them to a class open to legalized discrimination.
A huge sculpture of a clenched fist suspended with scaffolding and wire

Monument to Joe Louis: The Monument to Joe Louis, or The Fist, was sculpted in 1986 by Mexican-American Robert Graham as a battering ram against Jim Crow, symbolizing the boxer’s fight against racism inside and outside the ring. Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes wrote about the prominence of Joe Louis as a world champion boxer and as a symbol of hope.

CC Photo by Thomas Hawk

The White House, Congress, and Supreme Court buildings depicted side by side to show the similarity in design using large white columns

White House/Congress/Supreme Court: The Federal Government has often played a significant role, and had a complicated history of, enforcing inequities that have oppressed minority groups in the United States.

White House: CC Photo by Rene Deanda \ Congress: CC Photo by Caleb Perez \ Supreme Court: CC Photo by Anna Sullivan

An old looking map generated by the Home Owner's Loan Association that is color coded to show how the Baltimore city area was racially segregated

Redlining Map from Home Owners' Loan Corporation: The process of redlining segregated many populations into residential areas, often designated by race and ethnicity. The effects of redlining are still seen decades later, with Black communities having poorer health, education, and financial outcomes, compared to white neighborhoods.

Image of Homeowners’ Loan Corporation Redlining Map courtesy of JHU Library

A view of the New York Stock Exchange building and its large while columns from a low vantage point

New York Stock Exchange: This represents the New York Stock Exhange’s (NYSE) support of for-profit businesses, such as: CoreCivic (CXW), The GEO Group (GEO), and Palantir (PLTR)—that lobby for expanding the carceral state and profit off the excessive imprisonment in the United States.

CC Photo by Tomas Eidsvold

A large, smooth statue of a charging bull located near the New York Stock exchange

Wall Street Charging Bull Statue: The NYSE, represented here by the Charging Bull, profits from a prison commissary system that inflates the prices of goods that are necessary for quality of life for incarcerated people.

CC Photo by Daniel Lloyd Blunk Fernandez

A wide view of the Liberty Bell behind a barrier and under a lit display

Liberty Bell: The Liberty Bell was adopted by the abolitionist movement as a symbol of freedom as they worked toward ending slavery. Unfortunately, throughout the history of the United States, the Liberty Bell remains a fractured symbol of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness denied.

CC Photo by Dan Mall

A view of the Statue of Liberty from the ground, against a cloudy sky

Statue of Liberty: The Statue of Liberty has been a symbol of liberty and welcoming immigrants to the shores with a promise of freedom. This freedom has never been fully extended to many minorities in our country.

CC Photo by Clement Griffet

Text reading: 50 Years Celebrating Women at Loyola

The 2022 MLK Convocation is part of the Celebration of 50 Years of Women at Loyola.