Obsidian Collection offers newly minted NFTs of rare photos of Dr. Martin Luther King during a historic visit to Chicago in 1966 | News
CHICAGO, January 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Obsidian Collection is evolving its consumer digital photo portal, Obsidian Images, to offer NFTs of rare photographs by Dr. Martin Luther King jr. during his historic visit to Chicago in 1966. Captured by the legendary John Tweedle, the first African-American photographer hired by a major metropolitan newspaper, the chronicle NFTs King defies Chicago sleep traders, institutional racism and mayor Richard J. Daley himself, as well as King speaking to a crowd at Soldier Field and a fundraiser for the movement at Chicago Iconic international amphitheater that has attracted locals and celebrities, including Sidney Poitier, Harry belafonte and mahalia jackson.
NFTs (non-fungible tokens) are digital images that can be bought and sold using blockchain technology. Obsidian will initially feature five images of Tweedle that are part of an extensive collection owned by the author, entrepreneur and philanthropist Hermene Hartmann, publisher of N’Digo magazine and NDigo.com, and the host of N’Digo Studio, a television show and podcast. The footage was bequeathed to Hartman by Tweedle’s widow after his death in 1981. King’s NFTs will be auctioned on the NFT Market.
“We always talk about King, the Southerner, but people forget that Dr King came Chicago and disrupted our city,” Hartman said. “He let John get closer to him. Therefore, he took pictures that no one else had the opportunity to take.”
Tweedle uniquely wore five cameras around his neck for the various news agencies he filmed for, including The Daily News, Jet magazine, the Chicago Defender and the Chicago Sun-Times. “One of them was John’s personal camera,” Hartman said. “It’s those pictures.”
The Obsidian collection was developed and launched in 2017 by Chicago entrepreneur and general manager Angela Ford. Obsidian digitizes stock footage and content from Black photographers, organizations, and newspapers to license and authorize use to tell Black stories.
“Obsidian will be the gateway to historic black NFTs like this,” Ford said. “The most important fact is that these rarely seen collectibles are being made available to new generations in new mediums.”
the Obsidian Collection is a virtual portal for black culture providing access to images of historical, artistic and cultural significance collected from black newspapers, photographers, archives and community groups across the country.
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