Art: Kin Killin' Kin

James Pate has spent years responding to the epidemic of black-on-black violence.

click to enlarge James Pate's 'Your History II' is part of the 'Kin Killin’ Kin' exhibit at the Freedom Center.
James Pate's 'Your History II' is part of the 'Kin Killin’ Kin' exhibit at the Freedom Center.

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here’s no denying that violence in the African-American community has been a hot-button issue the last few years, with American media coverage increasing constantly. But while that often relates to police, James Pate has spent years responding to the epidemic of black-on-black violence.

The recent national conversation has only fueled the artist’s creative energy, and Kin Killin’ Kin is the product of a drive to effect change. This collection of charcoal sketches that opened on Nov. 14 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is the second in a series of exhibits addressing “stories that must be told.” Mascots, which explores the use of American Indians as mascots in athletics and cultural appropriation, opened Nov. 7. Read a full feature on the exhibit here.


Kin Killin' Kin is on display in the Freedom Center’s Everyday Freedom Heroes Gallery through Feb. 13. More info: freedomcenter.org.


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