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Black Religious Worship and the Stories of Civil Rights in Art

The Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) is hosting a free opening reception for “The Work of Melvin King: A Chicago Experience” on April 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the William Hill Gallery at 6144 South Cottage Grove.

2Melvin King’s artwork tells the stories about Black religious worship and important struggles in the civil-rights movement, such as the 1968 “Memphis Sanitation March,” and the 1963 “March on Washington.” His work has been enjoyed worldwide and he lists Oprah, Michael Jordan, Tina Turner, and former Chicago Mayor Daley among his many clients. King who has worked in several mediums, including oil, pastels, watercolors, wood, clay, metal and acrylics cites Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee and Amedeo Modigliani as the first artists he studied who influenced his work.

The reception is open to the community and no advanced registration is required. However, following the reception, “The Work of Melvin King: A Chicago Experience” will be available to be seen by appointment only at the Hill Gallery until May 5. To make an appointment, call 312-351-0573.

1About POAH

POAH is a mission-driven affordable housing nonprofit with offices in Chicago, Boston and Washington DC. POAH’S mission is to preserve and steward affordable rental housing to provide stability, hope and economic security to low-to-moderate income families. POAH owns and operates approximately 9,000 affordable homes at more than 80 properties in nine states and the District of Columbia. For additional information, visit POAH’s new website,

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