New "Black Lives Matter" exhibit brings race conversation to Art Walk

Black lives matter.

It's a catchphrase that took off in the wake of the police shooting death of unarmed teen Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO last August.

And now photographer Rossie Newson is expanding upon that inarguable statement with a show during St. Pete's Second Saturday Art Walk tomorrow at the Carter G. Woodson African-American Museum at 2240 9th Ave. S.

His collection, entitled "Black Lives Matter," makes its point using the faces of locals, some who make a difference and others who have the potential to do so.

“It's very inclusive,” said Carla Bristol, who is on the museum board and helps with some of its programming.

While the phrase is often seen on signs of protesters critical of police, this exhibit includes a photo of St. Pete Police Chief Anthony Holloway.

“There's been a lot happening with our local police department," Bristol said. "They're ensuring that they're a lot more present in our community.” 

Bristol, who owns Gallery 909 (another Art Walk stop) across the street from the museum, said she hopes the exhibit brings more traffic to the stretch of 22nd Street that runs south of Fifth Avenue South.

Saturday's event will go from 5-9 p.m. and the exhibit will be up till Feb. 10.

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