by Zenzele Barnes
the Durham VOICE
February is Black History Month, and possibly one of the most widely known African-American figures in society is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
This month Dr. King is the inspiration for the “I Am The Dream” exhibit. The teenagers at SeeSaw Studio created the pieces in the exhibit, on display at the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke.
Members of SeeSaw used Photoshop to manipulate powerful images and creatively interpret what “I Am The Dream” meant to them. The exhibit will be on display until March 5.
High school student Desiree Sanders incorporated jazz singer Nina Simone into her piece.
“She has a positive influence on my life, music is my dream. I put her in my artwork because music rules the world, it’s everywhere,” said Sanders.
The exhibit’s reception was Jan. 20 and it was a huge success. Many people were in attendance, not just in support of SeeSaw but also to enjoy the exhibit.
“I enjoyed walking around and seeing what everyone could do. It was great seeing the final outcome of our hard work,” said Sanders.
I believe that Black History Month is the perfect time to pay tribute to African- American figures in society, famous or not, that have helped us as a society get to where we are today.