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.