The Power of Art in the Social Justice Movement

Anyone remotely connected either via the media, the internet, or social media would have been exposed to the harrowing events of the last week. A period complete with tales of heroes and villains, police brutality, blurred intentions, racial profiling, gun violence, and senseless deaths. While we all, in our own way, try to make sense of these events and particularly stand face to face with our emotions, we may find ourselves stunned speechless. We find ourselves unable to describe just how crazy, distressing, and emotionally traumatizing this last couple of weeks have been.

This is where Art comes in. Art creates a space for us to express the inexpressible. To mourn and rage. To feel hurt and anguish. To heal and embrace the pain.  Many artists are using their work not only to impress us and entertain us; but to speak up about the unspeakable. To draw attention to police brutality, institutional racism, white supremacy, and collective anguish of a people. Since words fail us all, we lean on these artists to educate, rehabilitation, and exorcise our demons. Here are a few artists who are doing just that!

Art by Lakeem Wilson

Art by Lakeem Wilson

Art by Zoe Persico

Art by Zoe Persico

Art by Cindy Elizabeth

Art by Cindy Elizabeth

“Who Is A Victim? Who Is A Threat?”by bayetekenan or Bayeté Ross Smith

“Who Is A Victim? Who Is A Threat?”by bayetekenan or Bayeté Ross Smith

photographer Devin Allen

photographer Devin Allen