Civil rights struggles honored at Stillman with art walk

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Asher Redd

Stillman College hosted its fifth annual MLK Legacy Art Walk over the weekend, just ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday.

Stillman Art, Music and Language Education Department Chair Jesse Wheeler said it’s imperative that we remember and honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.

“The importance of fulfilling his dream, continuing the march so to speak,” Wheeler said. “All of the events this week, including the art walk, are really geared to just keep people active, keep people feeling encouraged, inspired and really fortified.”

Stillman Art Education Coordinator Kelly Shannon said events like these are great for the whole community.

“One, because it gets people to Stillman’s campus,” Shannon said. “Two, it exposes them to the arts and the arts community, and to share our beautiful campus and our wonderfully talented artists with the world.”

The event began five years ago with the goal of featuring prominent Black artists. Now, it’s a highly anticipated event every year.

Featured Artist Danny Broadway said his art is best appreciated by anyone who wants to look beyond the surface.

“What always inspired me has been a connection to people,” Broadway said. “I love people. As you can see, most of my work is figurative in nature, meaning that I’m dealing with real people, real situations and things that people experience, and then hopefully, things that we have in common. It’s meant to be appreciated by anybody who can see the human quality in it and the beauty in it.”

Posted by Stillman College on Saturday, January 15, 2022

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