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Scottsboro: Impressions in Black and White

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Time: 7–8:20pm
Location: Zoom

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The case of the "Scottsboro boys," nine Black youths falsely accused of rape in 1931, inspired two leftist artists, Ralph Austin and Lin Shi Khan, to create a cycle of more than 50 prints, Scottsboro: A Story in Linocuts. Join Miami artist Rhea Leonard and University of Texas historian Minkah Makalani as they discuss the intersections among art, politics, and racial identity in this 1930s work—one of the most powerful visual expressions of the U.S. Communist Party's fight against white supremacy—and beyond. Moderated by Andrew H. Lee, who edited and compiled the Scottsboro prints for publication by NYU Press in 2002.

Co-presented with The Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab.

Watch the recorded talk online.