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A Pumpkin We Can All Believe In

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This jack o' lantern was carved and photographed by Eddie North-Hager of Leimert Park Beat, who, along with blogger Jasmyne Cannick, was featured on KCRW last night (KCRW Link).

For the Barack o'lantern I used a stencil from to make this pumpkin and show a little patriotic/Halloween spirit. The pumpkin is sitting on Martin Luther King Boulevard as it enters the African American arts and culture district, the Leimert Park neighborhood just southwest of downtown L.A. I was inspired by the photo [from LAist's Neighborhood Project] that was posted on my site - I always liked those signs but didn't see their true quality until you did.

I thought the context is kind of interesting: In 1983, Santa Barbara Boulevard in South Los Angeles was renamed Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, three years before President Ronald Reagan signed a law declaring Dr. King's birthday a national holiday. That event was celebrated the first ever Kingdom Day Parade, now an annual tradition.

I took the pumpkin there last night around midnight, it's a block from my house