“We Shall Overcome” is the name of Tuck’s newest public sculpture. It will be unveiled in downtown South Bend, Indiana this Wednesday morning, June 21, 2017, at 11 AM. The double portrait sculpture commemorates an event that happened on June 21, 1964, when the University of Notre Dame’s Father Theodore Hesburgh locked arms with the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. to sing that song at a rally at Soldier Field in Chicago.
The over-lifesize sculpture will stand in the Leighton Plaza, 130 S. Main Street, across from the courthouse. The public is invited to march to the site from the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 1522 Linden Ave., leaving at 10:30 AM to arrive at the site for the 11 AM unveiling ceremony. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Rev. John Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president, Dr. Virginia Calvin, head of the African American Fund of the St. Joseph County Community Foundation, and Tuck Langland, sculptor, will each speak briefly. The ceremony will end with everyone singing We Shall Overcome.
I am so very happy for you and proud of you, in your amazing work and this specific sculpture and dedication. I was unable to be there but am with you in the spirit of this grand occasion. We are all so very honored and blessed to have you in this community!!! Thank you, Tuck!!