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A new mural carries a message on how to be great

Artist unveils new MLK mural: 'This is our battleground'

On Feb. 25, artist Addonis Parker unveiled his latest mural, one for the corner of Northwest 62nd Street and Seventh Avenue, commissioned by the MLK Economic Development Corporation and One United Bank.
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On Feb. 25, artist Addonis Parker unveiled his latest mural, one for the corner of Northwest 62nd Street and Seventh Avenue, commissioned by the MLK Economic Development Corporation and One United Bank.

The Martin Luther King Economic Development Corp’s Saturday night party for the unveiling of a new Addonis Parker mural at Northwest 62nd Street and Seventh Avenue possessed the elements of a Miami party:

Politicians aplenty with a state senator (Daphne Campbell) and two Hardemons (Miami City Commissioner Keon and Florida Rep. Roy); conch salad as an appetizer, then shrimp, barbecued chicken, ribs, baked mac and cheese, potato salad; bands playing bongos to new school to old school; even actual ethnic diversity among the guests.

It just needed a locksmith.

The unveiling got delayed because Parker, whose studio is in the Liberty City building on the southwest corner of 62nd and Seventh, broke off a key in the door to his studio when he went to get a ladder. After Parker figured out how to get the cover off without ladder but during the pre-unveiling speeches and prayers, someone produced a ladder.

The mural debuted with the appropriate flourish.

A dove and the words “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve” — words leaning to the right, as if in movement like the dove — fly atop three images of Martin Luther King on a black background. The MLK EDC commissioned the mural with support from One United Bank.

The unveiling of Addonis Parker's newest mural, at the corner of Northwest 62nd Street and Seventh Avenue, was preceded by this performance of 'The Revolution Will Not be Televised' by The Brothers.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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