From King to Obama - Nobel Peace Center

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  1. Photo: (c) Nobel Peace Center
  2. Photo: Eli Reed / Magnum Photos
  3. Photo: Linn Cathrin Olsen / Nobel Peace Center
  4. Photo: Linn Cathrin Olsen / Nobel Peace Center
  5. Photo: Linn Cathrin Olsen / Nobel Peace Center
  6. Photo: Sara Johannessen / Nobel Peace Center
  7. Photo: Terje Bendiksby / Nobel Peace Center
  8. Photo: Sara Johannessen / Nobel Peace Center
  9. Photo: Linn Cathrin Olsen / Nobel Peace Center
  10. Photo: Kirsti Svenning / Nobel Peace Center
  11. Photo: Terje Bendiksby / Nobel Peace Center

From King to Obama

25 Sept 2009–11 Apr 2010

The exhibition From King to Obama centered on the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Martin Luther King, Jr. The audience were introduced to a time that changed America, through portrayals of the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s – the movement that helped pave the way for Barack Obama’s historic election victory.

Historical photographs, speeches, music and films presented Martin Luther King ,Jr and the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 60s. The visitors could bring a piece of the exhibition home by downloading music and speeches on their mobile phones.

“There are many obvious similarities between King and Obama, both in terms of their values, their political strategies and in their rhetoric and public impact. It has been inspiring and fascinating to create an exhibition of contemporary relevance that is based on such major historic events,” says Bente Erichsen, Executive Director of the Nobel Peace Center.

In 1964, Dr King accepted the Nobel Peace Prize. This made him, at just 35 years old, the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The Civil Rights Movement’s slogan: “Thou shall not requite violence with violence”, was a central factor cited in the justification for the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s decision.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a central figure in the Civil Rights Movement and, like Barack Obama, a source of inspiration to people worldwide.

The exhibition was supported by Telenor Group and Fritt Ord, and was produced by the Nobel Peace Center in collaboration with Magnum Photos.

Texts: Ole O. Moen, professor of American history
Music selection: Audun Molde, music historian
Exhibition design: Morten Haneseth / Livets små gleder