Marshall encourages young African-Americans to break free from their inferiority complexes. The American society was built by whites for whites, but blacks must also benefit from it. His scenes are populated exclusively by blacks. To create and maintain an art specific to their community, it is quite possible to ignore the existence of whites.
On November 15 in New York, Christie's sells as lot 27 C a 295 x 700 cm acrylic and collage made by Marshall in 1995 on the theme of education for use by public libraries in Chicago.
Titled Knowledge and Wonder, this mural shows children accompanied by three adults. Viewed from the back, they access knowledge by looking at and commenting on a large fresco that unites the symbols of the universe, from the infinitely great of astronomy to the infinitely small of microbiology.
A detailed inspection offers some interesting surprises. A black boy passes over their heads on a surfboard. A dragon symbolizes the wonder. Perched on a tree in a gap, a red cardinal, the state bird of Illinois, gives them its protection. A ladder is ready to be used for their social climbing.