Smart Bets: Say Their Names + Racial Justice

Throughout July, the Oak Street Gallery of Asheville’s First Congregational United Church of Christ has housed the exhibit Say Their Names. Conceived by a group of the church’s members in hopes of “sharing the trials and tribulations, some lethal, of being Black” in the U.S., the project looped in the talents of the Carolina Lettering Arts Society and regional calligraphy guild The Mountain Scribes to honor over 60 Black Americans who had fatal encounters with law enforcement. The exhibit has since moved to the YMI Cultural Center, where it will open on Friday, Aug. 7, and be on display for a month, clearing the way for the series’ second component, Racial Justice, Thursday, Aug. 6-Saturday, Aug. 29. The new show “will also utilize calligraphy in both prose and art form to depict Black experiences” and will be viewable each Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Masks are required, and social distancing is enforced. Free to attend. Photo of Black Lives Matter quilt by Carol DuBosch courtesy of First Congregational UCC


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Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). Follow me @EdwinArnaudin

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3 thoughts on “Smart Bets: Say Their Names + Racial Justice

  1. Liam

    And when will they post the names of blacks murdered by other blacks? That one would include children and other innocent victims. Among the blacks murdered each year, how many fall at the hands of the police versus other black individuals or gang members? The data must be available to news outlets across the United States but it never appears in any reporting.

    • Enlightened Enigma

      that kind of REAL information goes against the EVIL leftwing agenda… why are most all of the visible BLMrs ‘educated’ liberal white women ? why is that ??? do they harbor that much
      white guilt ?

  2. motivationpolitical

    Though yes, I notice that almost no liberal Americans say anything in support of latinos who are killed. The deficit I guess, is blacks can be used for political means. Whereas latinos are still seen being used as agricultural slaves in the USA. You can’t use another race as support for your political agenda if you didnt actually free them from slavery. Same with indigenous people. After they freed the blacks from the civil war, they killed so many native americans, often massacring women and children for no reason like sand creek massacre or wounded knee massacre, that as a liberal you have to write this stuff off as history. Only the blacks have that civil rights clout that you attached yourself to and can use as political motivation.

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