“You grow up learning about so many great Black men who did so many great things, spoke out against wrong things and did all the right things in the right way. And almost every one of those stories ends up the same way: Dead.
I remember a KKK gathering in my neighborhood in Mississippi where I grew up. It was in a big open playground I considered my safe space as a kid. It was my first exposure to seeing people in sheets. It made an enormous impression on me. Not because of my fear, but because I saw the concern in my parents eyes. To see your parents, your protectors –to see their fear and concern, that’s something I’ll never forget.
So, if this exhibit reaches one person, if it reaches one heart, if it changes one mind or makes one person empathetic, then the goal of this project is reached, because that’s what we want to do: reach one person at a time.”
-Seymour Battle, III