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Blues for the Middle Passage II

Offset lithograph and collage of a modern depiction of the infamous Middle Passage: the ocean-crossing route traveled by ships containing captured and enslaved Africans taken from West Africa to the Americas.

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Negroes to be Sold

The print looks back on the long history of Black enslavement and treatment as property and market- place commodity. It, in addition, looks forward to a present and future in which sports and entertainment may continue that sense of Black bodies and minds being “owned.”

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Holocaust Preface

A suite of ten lithographs illustrating the horrific mass murder of Jews in Europe before and during World War II — the devastation and global injustice caused by the Holocaust.

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Heaven and Earth

This representation of a woman and small child by a river walking among trees and flowers evokes many narratives about our connections to each other and the environment of a Black Jewish congregation stand in front of a store-front house of worship.

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Generations

Paul Keene’s print suggests connecting various extended family members with community-wide struggles and the promise of the future. “The phrase ‘Final Notice’ is not to signify an end of past hardship, but to proclaim and offer a challenge for a new beginning that will break old cycles.”

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200 Yrs

This print celebrates the election of Barack Obama as the first Black and 44th president of the United States. It also pays homage to all the exceptional and courageous people who preceded Obama and made his election possible two hundred years after the Slave Act of 1808.

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Quest: We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest

The connection between this couple, the idea of choosing who to love, the institution of marriage, and a family construct was rarely afforded slaves as their own choice. This print explores the connection/disconnection between the institutions of slavery, marriage, and family at different times among Blacks in United
States history.

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My Country Needs Me…

Rodney Ewing’s print shows the face of a Black youth with the words “My country needs me, and if I were not here I would have to be invented” from Hortense J. Spillers’ “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe.”

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Storm’s Coming

This abstracted image of a Black youth is from the artist’s Urban Warriors series. This young man shows confidence and determination as he confronts the many challenges coming his way, including the anger that society has placed on him due to racism and social injustice.

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St. George

In this print a Black soldier in a Civil War uniform holds a cross. Other crosses appear on his hands and decorate his uniform. While this soldier may not have the look of a traditional saint, he does have the stature of a noble soldier.

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