Kalamazoo Gazette, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1996  
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Artist sends bronze sculpture to Louisiana

 

  Local artist Al LaVergne put the final touches on a sculpture of Martin Luther King Jr. last week before shipping it off to Shreveport, La., for installation in a public park.
  The bronze work depicts the late civil rights leader with his arms linked to a black woman and a white man. "He didn't belong to just the blacks," said LaVergne, a Western Michigan University art professor. "He's forming the human chain."
  The two outer figures are reaching out with their other hands to extend the chain to other people, and King's arms have been transformed into books and other forms. "It makes the sculpture both representational and abstract," LaVergne said.
It will be placed in a Shreveport park as part of a new development project that includes the new Martin Luther King Highway.
  LaVergne completed the sculpture at his home studio in rural Van Buren County He said that since he was not teaching classes for the spring and summer, he was able to work on the sculpture for 10 hours a day, six days a week to complete it in time for the fall installation.

Al LaVergne's new bronze sculpture showing Martin Luther King Jr. linking arms with a black woman and a white man. "He didn't belong to just the blacks," said LaVergne.