Martin Luther King Jr mural in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Martin Luther King Jr. in Ljubljana

I’m not sure exactly when it was painted and by whom, but it was a most welcome site to see this mural honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. near the Cobbler’s Bridge along the western banks of the Ljubljanica River in Ljubljana’s old town center when I returned to Slovenia late last August.

Until the winter chill finally blanketed the city, an elderly woman sold dried flower arrangements from a small table to the mural’s left side. Last month, locals and visitors by the hundreds leaned against the wall sipping hot mulled wine. All under the watchful eye of the revered civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who led the battle against racial and economic injustice in the U.S.  He remains one of the most recognized faces on the planet, who three days ago would have have celebrated his 87th birthday had he not been gunned down in 1968.

I don’t know how much of this is part of the original design, but the text incorporated into it does do King’s message justice. “Moč besed” means “the power of words”; “Govori ljubezen” means “speak love”. That combination by one of the greatest orators in U.S. history helped change the course of human history.

If anyone knows who painted this and when, please let me know.

After a fairly lengthy political battle, a U.S. national holiday honoring the champion of non-violent civil disobedience was established in 1983 and first observed three years later. it wasn’t until 2000 that it would be observed in all 50 states, on the third Monday of each January. And today in Ljubljana, too.

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Today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 745th straight, was snapped in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 20 November 2015.

Note that Mannequin Monday is on a break today to observe and celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and will return with #86 next week.

 

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