This mural is of Bob Marley and was taken on Herkimer Street and Nostrand Avenue. Bob Marley was a very famous reggage artist, singer, songwriter, and musician. He was born February 6, 1945 in Jamaica. He sold over 20 million records in his lifetime. He brought a new sound to music. Most famous for his songs “Jammin, Is This Love, One Love/ People Get Ready”. He’s also very known for his long dreads, which he was Rastafarian. It’s a religion which believes in your hair being in dreads because this type of religion does not believe in cutting off any hair on your flesh. As far as his music, he wanted his music to promote peace. He was very famous around the time where racism was very evident. He died very young at the age of 36. He died from a form of cancer. It was melanoma cancer found in his foot which first was a soccer injury he had. Doctors recommended he get his foot amputated but he did refuse to. When he finally decided to do it was too late. His cancer had spread. Shortly after he died May 11, 1981. His music is very peaceful and relaxing. You can still here his music being played all around the world. This mural looks just like him. He known for that beautiful huge smile. People of huge impacts are known to have murals all around the world.
This photo is of Harriet Tubman and was taken on Herkimer Street and Nostrand Avenue. She was born in the 1820s in Dorchester County, Maryland. She was well known for helping to free slaves from the South to the North. She herself was a slave who ended up escaping. She was very successful at it. She used the underground railroad as way to help free slaves. She’s a very important person in history. She was very brave for what she did. It was not really known for slaves to escape and to keep coming back just to help free other slaves. It was very dangerous of her to do. If she were caught, she would have been murdered brutally. She died on May 10, 1813. She died of pneumonia. This portrait was well done by the artist who created it. She’s a reminder of how history once was.
This photo was taken of a mural of Christopher Smalls (AKA Biggie Smalls). This photo was taken on Franklin Avenue and DeKalb Avenue. Biggie Smalls was a known phenomenal rapper of the 1990’s. He was well known for his blunt metaphor raps, as well as his controversy animosity with Tupac. He was born on May 21, 1972 in no other than Brooklyn, New York. He grew up in the ghetto of Brooklyn and grew up on hard times with his mother being a single mother. He was hustler who turned into a rapper. He was discovered by Sean Combs aka Puff Diddy. It was no time before Biggie’s name began buzzing in the streets. Most famous for his songs “Juicy, Big Poppa, Hypnotize”. It was murdered shortly after. He was murdered on March 9, 1997. You can still here is songs playing on the radio still today. He’s one of the most famous rappers of all time. This mural was done phenomenally. The portrait looks exactly like him. He was known for this mean- mug pose on basically all of his albums.
This picture was taken in Brooklyn on Herkimer Street and Nostrand Avenue. It’s a mural of Martin Luther King Jr. He was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a minister and social activist who was assassinated for voicing his opinions on American civil rights. He was assassinated April 4, 1968 while standing on a balcony in Memphis. He stood up for the African American community during a time where white Americans and black Americans were very divided. It was during the times of segregation. He is very well known for his “I Have A Dream” speech. His speech was his thoughts on one day the nation reuniting as one. His murals can be seen all around the United States. I think the portrait was made very nice. Everyone who walks by the portrait can’t help but to reminisce on history during a time of sadness. It shows how far we’ve come as a country.
This photo was taken at Brooklyn College. There’s brick pathway remembering all of the special people who has passed and played a huge part to Brooklyn College. The pathway is located at the West Quad building. Jennie Glass was being remembered. She was a faculty staff who had such a bright spirit. Many adored her and she lived a long life. She passed away at the age of 94. She was a great person and very helpful to those who needed any help. I thought it was such a bright idea for Brooklyn College to remember those by making a brick pathway. For ever person that enters the West Quad building you can’t help but to look down and see all the names of people who has passed. Although, they’ve passed, I know it is an honor to have your name cemented on the ground.