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Poster of Martin Luther King Jr. by C. Downey, featuring Tommye Nious Poem, 1991

 File — Box: OS0015, Folder: 4274.03

Scope and Contents

This file contains a poster featuring a drawing of Martin Luther King Jr. by C. Downey that includes the poem "He Changed the Course of History" by African American poet Tommye Nious.


  • 1991

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Biographical / Historical

According to a December 1, 1991, article called "Adventist writes poem for national poster" in an issue of the Visitor, an Adventist newsletter: "Tommye Nious, a member of the Ephesus church in Columbus, Ohio, recently had a poem that she authored published on a national poster featuring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Her God-given writing talent is well known in the Ephesus church, where she has written numerous poems for various occasions and church functions. She was commissioned by Lucius Sullivan, also a member of Ephesus, to write a poem with the theme of how God used Dr. King to help change the course of history. Nious's husband and three children rejoiced with her upon seeing the 16 by 20 inch poster with her poem and name on it. She hopes that now more of her writings will be published, circling the globe so that her message of love, comfort, hope and encouragement may direct others to the love of Jesus, who is her inspiration."

"Tommye Nious, a member of the Columbus Ephesus church, displays the poster featuring her poetry. The poster, commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was distributed across the nation." (December 1, 1991)


From the Collection: 0.4 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Formerly MSS.3404, Drawing of Martin Luther King, Jr. by C. Downey with Poem "He Changed the Course of History" by Tommye Nious

Local Identifier


Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266