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Jennifer Mack-Watkins: Children of the Sun


Brattleboro Museum & Art Center / Brattleboro / Art

Though public discourse on the Black Lives Matter movement and African-American identity has emerged in recent years, W. E. B. Du Bois began the conversation back in 1920, when he collaborated on The Brownies’ Book: A Monthly Magazine for Children of the Sun. The magazine collected stories, games, and art—positive images that celebrated Black culture—as a way to nurture children hindered by racist school systems. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Brownies’ Book, the visual artist Jennifer Mack-Watkins has drawn from the magazine’s imagery, and from other sources, to create a series of vibrant, positive prints. Her work celebrates beauty while it bends genres. “Through my art,” Mack-Watkins explains, “I seek to provide a sense of assurance for all African-American children.” —E.C.

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