"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." -- John Singer Sargent

Saturday, September 23, 2017

John Thompson

This 2017 mural portrait of John Thompson by Billy Colbert entitled "Respect: John Thompson" can be found in Blagden Alley in Washington's Shaw Neighborhood.
"John Robert Thompson Jr. (born September 2, 1941) is a former American college basketball coach for the Georgetown Hoyas. He is now a professional radio and TV sports commentator. In 1984, he became the first African-American head coach to win a major collegiate championship, capturing the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship when Georgetown, led by Patrick Ewing, defeated the University of Houston 84–75." -- Wikipedia
Mr. Colbert was just finishing the mural in time for the "Alley Oop" festival when these pictures were taken.


Billy Colbert
"Respect: John Thompson" (2017)
Paint on Brick (25 X 15 feet)
Funded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities,
Public Art Building Communities Grant Program

Alley - Oop
Murals and Music
September 23 & 24, 2017

 Here Billy Colbert discusses the work with passersby.

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