In light of the recent Town Halls and discussions taking place between our youth and our anemic leadership on gun control, I am inspired by this particular moment that they have seized. Their work taps into a long legacy of youth advocates selflessly serving as catalysts for change. While we applaud these current efforts to enact change, let’s also remember the path of unrelenting resistance that paved their way.
Purvis Young’s Talking to the System “is a depiction of three younger people, two with halos, confronting six elders. the painting pays tribute to the essential role played by young African Americans-some of them martyred- in challenging the system during the Civil Rights and Black Power movements of the 1960s and 1970’s.” ~From Revelations: Art of the African-American South, now on view at the de Young Museum through April 1, 2018.