MLK monument sculptor to speak

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Lei Yixin, sculptor

Lei Yixin, sculptor of the "Stone of Hope," the centerpiece of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in the nation's capital.

Lei Yixin, sculptor   Close-up of the  

Chinese artist Lei Yixin, who created the “Stone of Hope” sculpture in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C., will give an artist’s talk 4:30-6 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Performing Arts Center.

The free, public presentation is in Ruth Gant Recital Hall. Parking is free on streets adjacent to campus and $1.50 an hour in the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp.

Lei will discuss his work as a master sculptor and his selection to create the memorial's 30-foot white granite centerpiece.

“Stone of Hope” honors King’s contributions as a clergyman, activist and leader for freedom, justice and opportunity. The four-acre memorial is between the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials and is adjacent to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial.

Lei will present in conjunction with a visit to his son, Ke Shi, who is a St. Cloud State graduate student.

Coldspring, a local building materials and memorials manufacturer, provided granite for benches, walls and pavers at the memorial.

The memorial was dedicated in 2011, 48 years after King led the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The centerpiece is based on a line from King's "I Have A Dream" speech: "Out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope."

King was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement from the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott until his 1968 assassination in Memphis.   

Lei's presentation is sponsored by these St. Cloud State entities: School of Arts and the Community Anti-Racism Education initiative.

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