Charles White's I Have a Dream, 1976

Charles White, I Have a Dream, 1976, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by the Director's Roundtable, and gift of Cirrus Editions, © The Charles White Archives, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

From the Collection: I Have a Dream

January 21, 2019

Commissioned by LACMA to celebrate Two Centuries of Black American Art, this lithograph was so popular that it became a sold-out fine art print as well as a poster for the 1976 exhibition. The title refers to Martin Luther King Jr.'s legendary 1963 speech of the same title. Evoking both religious imagery and the connection between mother and child, this print brilliantly summarizes White's mastery of portraying the strength of the human spirit. 

This work will be on view at LACMA in Charles White: A Retrospectiveon view in the Resnick Pavilion from February 17 through June 9, 2019. Be sure to come see it in person next month!