"I Am a Man: Revisited" Exhibition

The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts

poster for "I Am a Man: Revisited" Exhibition

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February 1968 saw 1,300 African American Sanitation workers strike to demand their right to unionize. The Civil Rights Leader, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., eventually came to Memphis to support the strikers and was subsequently assassinated. From those dramatic events one phrase emerged that can still stir community activists forty years later, “I AM A MAN.” However the sanitation workers strike and the phrase that came to symbolize are emblazoned with a larger purpose, an acknowledgment about the persistence, intellect and power of African American males in America.

With this theme, ten artists have been selected to create works reflecting their interpretation of what it means to be an African American man in America in 2008, forty years after the sanitation workers strike and the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.



from September 25, 2008 to January 18, 2009

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