Celebrating Black History Month with Art


Laura G., Senior Staff Writer

Currently, an art exhibition entitled “The Journey Continues…” is exhibiting at the Sunrise Civic Center Art Gallery, free and open to the public Tuesday through Friday. Featuring the work of Kenneth Ashe, Susan Buzzi, Yves Gabriel, and Melinda Gallop, the art exhibition is inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month and will be on display until February 22nd. Each artwork mixes issues from MLK’s day to the present. Many of the works focus on African American culture and its role in modern-day society. 

Upon walking into the exhibit, visitors first see a collage made up of newspaper articles and photos focusing on MLK’s assassination, with MLK reaching out toward an hourglass. He only had so much time, but during that time he influenced so many. As you continue on, the works become more abstract yet just as meaningful.

The main purpose of the exhibition is to represent African American culture and human rights issues. In the room, there is a timeline of MLK’s life and the movements that stemmed from his hard work, ending with a poster reading, “The ultimate tragedy is not the brutality of the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.” 

To conclude, each artwork reflects the unique perspective of each artist on African American culture, both in the past and modern-day. The exhibition is a definite must-see if you have a bit of time free and are looking for a unique yet engaging experience.