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And come with an eloquent cry that we have nothing to fear but “fear itself.” But I wouldn’t stop there.
 

MARTIN

Martin is a non-violent typeface inspired by the protest signs carried by the followers of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the memphis sanitation strike of 1968. 

 

Photo by Robert Abbott Sengstacke

 

The Memphis
Sanitation Strike
of 1968

Memphis sanitation workers, the majority of them African American, went out on strike on February 12, 1968, demanding recognition for their union, better wages, and safer working conditions after two trash handlers were killed by a malfunctioning garbage truck. As it dragged on through March, with the Memphis mayor refusing to negotiate, the strike gained national attention. As they marched, striking workers carried copies of a poster declaring “I AM A MAN,” a statement that recalled a question abolitionists posed more than 100 years earlier, “Am I not a man and a brother?”

 
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Photo by Benedict Fernandez

 

The King's
Last Stand

Martin Luther King Jr. joined the cause, speaking to a crowd of 6,000 in late March and returning on April 3rd to deliver one of his most famous speeches, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” King placed the strike in a larger context, declaring, “The masses of people are rising up.

 

Tre Seals

It all started during the first decade of my life, drawing was initially a hobby, and gradually became a skill. Having been born in the nation’s capital, raised on a farm in Maryland, and traveled between there and Louisiana to visit family, I draw most of my inspiration from these contrasting environments and experiences. As a result, my style can be described as vintage, contemporary, and animated with an added dose of symbolism.