Image above (from left): Ralph Abernathy, James Forman, Martin Luther King Jr., Jesse Douglas, and John Lewis. King leads the five-day, 54-mile march for voting rights in 1965, from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery. Lewis was 25 years old at the time.
Born in Flint MI, Scraps first attended Mott Community College, were he studied basic art. At that point he realized art would be his profession. He was later accepted to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where he studied Animation and Illustration. He quickly realized that animation involved too much digital art and not enough of the classic pencil and paper, which fueled his passion.
After his professional training, he started experimenting with different mediums, including Airbrushing. His first opportunity to airbrush professionally was at T-Rods in Flint MI, then on to partner with Psycho Customs in Bay City MI. With years of professional training and experimenting with different mediums. He has provided the highest level of art that can be seen throughout Genesee County. His work is can be found displayed on the interior walls of the LEER & Flint City Hard Cider Co in Flint, MI.
King Avenue PLUS is a Flint neighborhood organization composed of those who touch King Avenue or have an interest in revitalizing this neighborhood. Dr. King was a man of vision for positive change and peace and our most prominent street is named for him. King Avenue PLUS plans and works for Flint’s King Avenue to become a street that is valued and attractive for neighbors and those passing through. Initiatives and on-going programs include the development of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Garden – 10 vacant lots owned by the Genesee County Land Bank and private owners – re-developed and maintained as multiple gardens and peaceful space between W. Genesee and W. McClellan on M. L. King Avenue. This mural in the former Detroit Street Business District will be a significant and visible part of the recovery and marketing in the King Avenue Business District. The mural and its granting partners, Keep Genesee County Beautiful, Keep America Beautiful and the “working partners,” The Flint Public Art Project, and Artist Kevin Burdick, represent a project that is community – driven and community valued. Thanks to all.
Keep America Beautiful, in partnership with Diageo, released a Community Improvement Grant opportunity to its affiliate network that was to be used to support the efforts of volunteers, residents, community groups, and business owners/employees to prevent litter, promote recycling, and beautify areas in and around Martin Luther King Jr. corridors and neighborhoods. Working with the MLK Plus group, Keep Genesee County Beautiful, a program of the Genesee County Parks, submitted an application and was awarded the funding used to bring the MLK Plus group’s vision for Flint’s MLK Corridor to life.