Young, Gifted And Black – Bob And Marcia (1974)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the  single, Young, Gifted And Black by Bob And Marcia. The record was released in 1974, on the Harry J and Trojan record label and has been reworked into the silhouette of American Christian minister and activist, Martin Luther King Jr.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of the Bob & Marcia, Reggae, Civil Rights, Martin Luther King Jr or has a special memory linked to the song.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: Young, Gifted And Black
Media Artist/s: Bob And Marcia
Record Label: Harry J / Trojan
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1970s
Genre: Reggae

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Additional information about this, Bob And Marcia vinyl art.

Bob And Marcia – The Artist

Bob and Marcia were a Jamaican vocal duo, that consisted of Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths.They had a #5 UK hit single in 1970 with “Young, Gifted and Black”. They followed up with “Pied Piper”, which peaked at #11 in the UK Singles Chart in 1971. Those two releases spent a total of twenty five weeks in that chart in a period of less than eighteen months. They discontinued their partnership in the mid-1970s, both feeling that it was not bringing them adequate financial reward.

Young, Gifted And Black – The Song

‘Young, Gifted And Black’ is a song by Nina Simone with lyrics by Weldon Irvine. The song was originally recorded and released by Simone in 1969. “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” was written in memory of Simone’s late friend Lorraine Hansberry, author of the play A Raisin in the Sun, who had died in 1965 aged 34. It has been covered by numerous artists over the years including Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway and Bob and Marcia. It is considered an anthem for the Civil Rights Movement.

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr – The Shape

This record has been modelled into the profile silhouette of American Christian minister and activist Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. (born Michael King Jr.; J1929 – 1968) was an American Christian minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, inspired by his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi.

The civil rights movement (also known as the American civil rights movement and other terms) in the United States was a decades-long struggle by African Americans to end legalised racial discrimination, disenfranchisement and racial segregation in the United States. The movement has its origins in the Reconstruction era during the late 19th century, although the movement achieved its largest legislative gains in the mid-1960s after years of direct actions and grassroots protests. The social movement’s major nonviolent resistance campaigns eventually secured new protections in federal law for the human rights of all Americans. Many popular representations of the movement are centred on the charismatic leadership and philosophy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who won the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. However, some scholars note that the movement was too diverse to be credited to any one person, organisation, or strategy.


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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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