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October 28, 2011 – April 22, 2012
8th and F Streets, NW
Location: 2nd Floor
This photographic exhibition features portraits of prominent African Americans of various professions, disciplines, and backgrounds. Historically, “blacklist” denotes a group of people marginalized and denied work or social approval. In an effort to redefine the word, 50 prominent African Americans provide insight on the struggles, triumphs, and joys of life in the United States. These portraits are both pictorial and verbal, representing some of the most dynamic and inspiring personalities in the fields of politics, music, business, civil activism, literature, the arts, and athletics. Featured are American political activist and university professor Angela Davis; musician John Legend; United Negro College Fund chairman and CEO Michael Lomax; artist Kara Walker; and actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, novelist, and composer Martin Van Peebles.