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Breaking the Walls of Segregation
June 29 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
“We conclude that in the field of pubic education, the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place.” This statement was written in the opinion of US Supreme Court case, Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka in 1954, and so began another phase in a multi-layered struggle to demolish the walls of segregation in American society.
The Students of Partnership Academy, in collaboration with Free Spirit Freedom and artist UNITED, have something to say, artistically, about the progress of equality and justice in 21st century America. A one-day arts exhibition and reception will be held at the Paynter Law Firm, 106 S. Churton Street in Hillsborough, on Friday, June 29, 2018, beginning at 6pm. This event is part of Hillsborough’s Last Friday Art Walk, and is free and open to the public.
A select group of high school students will present their artistic works expressing their perceptions of the walls of yesteryear and today—64 years since Brown v. Board, and 50 years since the end, statutorily, of segregated schools in Orange County. Also on exhibit will be redesigns of historic photographs and images from the Free Spirit Freedom collection on former schools for children of color. Regina Gale will read her poem, “Black and White.”
Participants making this event possible include: Students at Partnership Academy, Sheila V. McDonald, Dr. Freddie Parker, Orange County Commissioner Renee Price, Thomas Watson, Boomerang Youth, Inc., Stan Farrington, Joanie Alexander, Jacqueline Liggins, Donn Young and Paynter Law Firm.
artist UNITED is a platform for Triangle Area artists to express ideas, create and exhibit. The inauguration theme is: The Walls We Build. Galleries, museums, schools and pop-ups are showcasing their works during the “Art Walks” in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough throughout June 2018. According to Young, artist UNITED co-founder: “Art must reveal the human condition…Art encourages people to think, express and be creative—the essence of education.”
Free Spirit Freedom, a cultural arts initiative under the Hillsborough Arts Council, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, seeks to build bridges of cross-cultural understanding through the arts.