When the Daily News Weighs My Spirit Down, I Turn to Art

December 17, 2014 8:51 PM

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News headlines and social media buzz these past few weeks has put us face to face with the ugliness of police brutality in America. The cry that #blacklivesmatter has grabbed the attention of people from all walks of life, all over the world. There is a feeling that resistance through organized movements is taking America by storm. I recently participated in a #diein with the students at the university where I teach. I frequently engage in online activism. Challenging the epidemic of extrajudicial murder of black people as well as other forms to discrimination are essential to changing the inequities and ending brutality in our nation.

While taking it to the streets-style activism is certainly viable, I want to make a case for another form: Art. Taking it to the theater, museum or concert hall allows us to engage with art that is transformative and radical. We must consider the power of art to provoke, reclaim and advocate.

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