Let Us March On

September 25, 2020

– January 22, 2021

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Let Us March On reveals how the efforts of the Black Lives Matter movement has motivated activism in Arkansas. Protests became prominent in Arkansas with demonstrations in Little Rock, Conway, Brinkley, Helena-West Helena, and more.

Let Us March On is an exhibition commissioned by the Windgate Museum of Art to document and contextualize the Black Lives Matter movement in Arkansas. Curated by Stephanie Sims, Director of the University Museum and Cultural Center at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, the exhibition includes a rich mix of documentary photographs, artwork, artifacts, interactives, and narrative text. Let Us March On reveals how the efforts of the Black Lives Matter movement motivated activism amongst the youth and supporters to advocate against racial inequality and police brutality nationwide. The exhibition looks at those stories from a local perspective but contextualized within the larger national and international movement, because change begins locally.

The exhibition is on display in the window gallery of the WMA and is viewable at all times from the exterior of the museum. For those unable to see the exhibition in person, watch the online tour below. 

In creating the Black Representation Matters: In Film and Beyond series of the Let Us March On exhibition, Museum Associates in Film JaZmyn Shambley and Sophia Stokely wrote a film thesis explaining their selection of films that speak on the necessity to amplify “Black stories, written and directed by Black voices, emphasizing overarching themes of Black resilience, hope, and progressive change in the face of America’s historic and continued systematic racism.” 

If you would like to learn more about the issues or opportunities to take action, please explore the suggestions at the resource links below

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