HU architecture department to work on designs for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. monument

(Joanna Rowell//The Hampton Script)

(Joanna Rowell//The Hampton Script)

Brittany Barksdale | Staff Writer

Mayor George Wallace of the city of Hampton and other community leaders visited students of the Hampton University Architecture Department to review potential designs for a Martin Luther King, Jr. monument. The monument is to be designed by students belonging to the architecture department.

The showcase was named the “Black and Blue” project for the MLK Monument Design, and students presented their projects on Hampton University’s campus in the Bemis Laboratories lobby. Eleven potential designs from current HU students were displayed.  The students included Angie Darriah, Davon Finley, Vaughn James and Maressa Pinnock.

Designs for the monument are being built to commend the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his endless efforts to give African-Americans and other people of color the equal rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for generations to come.

Using Hampton University students helps create an opportunity for students of color to commemorate King. Through the project, students are able to show their appreciation to Dr. Martin Luther King and those who fought to increase opportunities for future generations.

Mayor Wallace stated “We are very impressed and thankful for the wonderful designs made by the students at Hampton University, the hard part from here is to pick one design to present to the city council.”

One student’s design will be chosen and their design will then be built at the entrance of the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia.

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