Men of God #23


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

7 comments:

MichaelRyerson said...

Judging from this picture Rev. King didn't know the first thing about pool.

Fred said...

Maybe so, but isn't it great to see a picture that shows the man being a person and not the usual iconography that we see of Dr. King?

Tempest said...

Rule number 1 of a pool hustler.

Don't look like you can play pool.

Just say'n.

MichaelRyerson said...

Good rule Tempest, but rule number 1 only applies until you start to shoot, you know while the wagers are going down you can look like a rube. But when you start to shoot you'd better know how to hold a stick and the right rev ain't close. but he knows it, he's just goofin for his friends. nice suit, too.

Hoppin' John said...

I disagree, it looks like he's spent some time in a pool hall. Eschewing the rake/bridge (which may not have been available) on a shot too long to comfortably reach while wearing a suit, the Righteous Rev uses the behind-the-back shortcut. Can't tell whether he's trying to cut the 11 ball into the bottom corner or bank it into the upper corner, but either way, I find it hard to criticize his skills on the basis of this picture.

MichaelRyerson said...

In that case, Hoppin' John, if ever we meet, howabout a couple of racks of 8-ball? (bring your wallet). No one, and I mean no one, who plays pool, grips a cue like that, at either end. I have no problem with his decision to eschew the bridge and go backside, I don't even fault him for keeping the suit coat on, although I would have taken it off. But what I find telling is his fingertip grip on the butt of the cue and the fey address at the tip-end. Neither provides the slightest control and taken together, he's just goofin around. Leave out the part about the object-ball (eleven) being directed to roughly the center of the short end bumper (he has no earthly idea where that ball is going). But after all, it was only a photo op.

jp 吉平 said...

Everybody's still wearing their overcoat in the picture. The poolhall wasn't heated? I'm guessing they were just passing through, and they asked Dr. King for a photo.