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SE art exhibitions bringing realness to black history pioneers, culture

Civil rights icon Rosa Parks is part of a SE Campus exhibit.MCT/Patrick D. Witty/KRT
Civil rights icon Rosa Parks is part of a SE Campus exhibit.MCT/Patrick D. Witty/KRT

SE Campus will hold two African-American art exhibits to honor Black History Month.

The first runs through Feb. 15 in Art Corridor III, and the second one will be held on Feb. 28 in the North Ballroom.

The first exhibit contains photographs and descriptions of well-known African-American women from various careers, said Amy Staley, student development associate.

“They were entertainers, authors, doctors and teachers to astronauts. Their accomplishments are far-reaching and very inspiring,” she said. ”Students can learn about the significant influence these women have had on all aspects of our society.”

The women displayed include historical figures like Rosa Parks to current celebrities like Oprah Winfrey.

Parks was the most interested first lady of the civil rights movement in the mid-20th century who started the bus boycott in Montgomery by refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger.

Another exhibition is sponsored by the African Culture Club.

It will display paintings, dresses, currency, jewelry and cultural items from Africa, said club president Abiola Orekoya.

“Currently, we are still ordering the stuff from Africa,” Orekoya said. “Our intention is to express African culture.”

This one-day exhibition is only available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and some students are hoping to learn about a culture previously unfamiliar to most of them, said peer advisor Luisa Vasanez.

“I know these people from the history book, but not so much,” she said. “I would get something from the exhibition now.”

­—Chan Mon

 
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