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“Living While Black” Art opening and Reception

May 4 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm



Kicking off with an opening reception and artist talk at 5 pm on Saturday, May 4, the circa 1815 formal parlors of historic First Unitarian Church will host the first-ever exhibition of all 40 ”defiantly joyful”  portraits from “Living While Black: Portraits of Everyday Resistance” by Dr. Ajuan Mance, a professor at Mills College/Northeastern University and a Brown University alum. The exhibit will run through June 30.

Begun as Mance’s personal response to the groundswell of Black Lives Matter protests in 2020, and with a foreword by BLM cofounder Alicia Garza, “Living While Black” is based on incidents of surveillance, harassment, and violence aimed at Black folks engaged in the activities of everyday life. The colorful series, published by Chronicle Books in 2022, celebrates the courage and resilience of the Black community.

On Saturday, May 4, at 5 pm in the parish house at 1 Benevolent St. in Providence, hear Dr. Mance talk about her work, see the historic exhibit, and join her for refreshments afterwards. Dr. Mance will also give separate presentations to young children and teens at 10:30 am on Sunday, May 5.