How to Draw Martin Luther King Jr

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"I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together... This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning: 'My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrims' pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring...'

"And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: Free at last. Free at last. Thank God almighty, we are free at last."
-Martin Luther King, Jr., "I Have a Dream," August 28, 1963

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a leader in the United States civil rights movement. He was well-known for promoting peaceful protests and nonviolence. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. One of his most famous speeches, given from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., is partially quoted above.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day or MLK Day is celebrated on the third Monday in January each year. This federal holiday marks King's birthday. Images of Dr. King, like the one in this drawing guide, are often seen at this time. Commemorative celebrations and educational events also take place. Dr. King remains an inspirational figure to those fighting for civil rights today.

Would you like to draw a cartoon of the civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.? This easy, step-by-step cartoon caricature drawing tutorial will help you to do just that.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King Jr. drawing - step 1
How to Draw Martin Luther King Jr.: Step 1

1. Begin by outlining the face. Draw an inverted egg shape.

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How to Draw Martin Luther King Jr.: Step 2

2. Use a long curved line to add detail to the outline of the face. Notice the contours of the brow and cheeks.

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Martin Luther King Jr. drawing - step 3
How to Draw Martin Luther King Jr.: Step 3

3. Erase the guide line of the egg shape. Use overlapping curved lines to draw Mr. King's hair.

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How to Draw Martin Luther King Jr.: Step 4

4. Use a curved line to outline the shape of the ear, and additional lines to detail within it.

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How to Draw Martin Luther King Jr.: Step 5

5. Outline the eyes using curved lines. The shapes should be pointed on the corners. Within the eyes, outline three successively smaller partial and complete circles to form the iris and pupil. Contour the eyelids with a curved line above each eye. Then, use overlapping curved lines to outline the eyebrows.

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How to Draw Martin Luther King Jr.: Step 6

6. Use curved lines to trace the bridge of the nose, its tip, and the nostrils. Draw curved lines below each eye.

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How to Draw Martin Luther King Jr.: Step 7

7. Draw the lips using curved lines. Draw a small curved line above the lips, and another below them to indicate the chin. Use a series of overlapping curved lines to draw the narrow mustache.

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How to Draw Martin Luther King Jr.: Step 8

8. Use curved lines to draw the triangular sides of the shirt collar. Draw a curved line from the earlobe to the collar to outline the neck.

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How to Draw Martin Luther King Jr.: Step 9

9. Extend curved lines from the collar to form the shoulders. Use curved and straight lines descending from the collar and the shoulders to outline the lapel of the suit. Then, use curved lines to outline the necktie.

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