Welcome to the conversation!

Welcome to the conversation!

Harriet Beecher Stowe's (1811-1896) best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), made her the most famous American woman of the 19th century and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

#AllHandsonDeck: Street Art for Change in Ferguson

In the wake of the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown and the failure to indict Officer Darren Wilson for Brown's death, much attention has rightfully been paid to the flaws in the U.S. criminal justice system and the subsequent protests that have erupted over these institutional inequities. 

Yet, beneath the protests lies another, less overt, form of deliberate mobilization and social action, that of street art. St. Louis based artist Damon Davis spent three days creating "All Hands on Deck" an outdoor exhibition displaying the hands of a diverse range of activists and Ferguson community members. The project serves a dual purpose-beautifying the streets and businesses of Ferguson and exemplifying the need for solidarity in the fight against racial profiling and social inequities.

What do you think of the project? Is it a legitimate way to enact positive action? In what ways can art galvanize individuals to create change? How does art, and street art in particular, function as an inclusive and subversive space? Let us know what you think!

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