Kin Killin' Kin Exhibition

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This visually powerful and thought provoking exhibition focuses on youth and gun violence in our communities. An exhibition of original works by Ohio artist James Pate from his highly acclaimed KKK series speaks to the need of engaging our youth in finding positive alternatives and solutions to the violence and negative behaviors that have reached epidemic levels in our urban and rural communities.

James Pate uses charcoal to create compelling visual scenes of young black men donned in Ku Klux Klan hoods committing or in the act of committing violent acts. Pate’s series was inspired by conversations he had in his own community, calling out the similarities between gang violence and the terrorism inflicted by the Ku Klux Klan.

In the Kin Killin’ Kin series, Pate reveals a negative social reality in the hope of finding collective and positive solutions to a problem that touches us all, directly or indirectly. It is evident that art and culture has the ability to play a role in saving our youth and community. Many African American youth do not have a positive self-image. They also do not have a strong sense of heritage and importance. Without this knowledge, it is easy to devalue or be destructive of others. The intent of the exhibition is to encourage youth to pause to reflect, question, and change negative behavior towards each other and the community.

Available until April 29, 2016, it can be seen during regular museum hours and included with general admission.
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By: National Civil Rights Museum

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