Thu, Sep 21, 2023

4 PM – 8 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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Join CWRU's Social Justice Institute and Kelvin Smith Library for a Photography Exhibit Opening that features the work of Donald Black Jr., prominent Cleveland photographer. View the collection, enjoy refreshments, and participate in a conversation with the artist at 5:30 p.m.  

Uncontained: They Wanna See Me Fall

Featuring 20 photographs, Uncontained: They Wanna See Me Fall is informed by Donald Black Jr.'s experience with the evolution of bike riding in Cleveland, Ohio. This body of work focuses on the freedom of creative expression for Black men and boys riding pedal and dirt bikes. Unlike the City of Cleveland and other political and institutional giants, Black sees beautiful and necessary innocent rage being expressed by riders. The works in the exhibition create an alternative narrative for riders as Black captures them popping wheelies and building bonds through bikes. Such expression, especially by Black riders, is often seen as a threat, disobedience, ruthlessness and danger. There is a high risk when riding and expressing yourself freely and uncontained as a Black rider. Even so, these riders carry on and demonstrate the power of being yourself and being free. 

The Social Justice Institute at Case Western Reserve University strives to build a just world. We hope to foster justice in 2023-2024 with our theme: Building Community United by Social Justice. This year, we are looking forward to hosting a series of talks in the community at local branches of the Cleveland Public Library, examining Afrofuturism and Indigenous wisdom with our Scholars, and seeing the fruits of the work of our postdoctoral scholars, who are focusing on youth justice in Ohio and the impact CWRU as an institution has had on adjacent communities. See more events here.
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Co-hosted with: Social Justice Institute

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