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MLK Day: Final Freedom Train in Bay Area ends 30 years of celebrating King's legacy - San Jose Mercury News

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It started with my interest in trains, but after discovering @KadirNelson's beautifully illustrated book at the library, the MLK Freedom Train in San Jose became an opportunity to talk to my daughter and her classmates about bias and fairness (in terms of ‘voting rights’ for ice cream, of course! :)

But also a pretty amazing photo, and a pleasant surprise to see it on the front page of the print edition this morning in our driveway! Kudos to Mercury News photojournalist @KarlMondon for an amazing composition of the logo, the face, and generally amazing timing…

Of course, to admit to my inner geek, the first time that I recall Zoya asking about Dr. King was from a mention in “Weird Al” Yankovic’s childrens book, _My New Teacher and Me_ — alongside Gandhi, Curie, and the Wright Brothers…

“We still had trouble fitting him into those proportions,” said Kadir Nelson, the artist who painted the images.

Nelson created two versions of the stamp. One shows Chamberlain in the act of shooting with his first N.B.A. team, the Philadelphia Warriors, for whom he started playing in 1959. The other depicts him rebounding for the Los Angeles Lakers, his final club, for whom he played from 1968 to 1973.

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Great photo atop this page, Rohit, but I'm failing to see the connection to Wilt Chamberlain?

Is it that Kadir Nelson is the artist who painted both the MLK book and the Wilt stamps?

Yes, he is a very impressive artist who has focused on the African-American experience. I also bought a copy of his Mandela biography and history book, thought they're for a bit older kids respectively. and

Thanks Rohit -- these are indeed impressive.

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