The American Writers Museum’s upcoming exhibit and education initiative Dark Testament will explore racial injustice in America through the work of Black American writers from the end of the Civil War through the Civil Rights Movement.
On view in the Meijer Gallery and Roberta Rubin Writers Room September 2022.
The multidisciplinary Dark Testament initiative will include:
From Dark Testament lead curator Keidrick Roy:
“Born in 1910, Murray had been a writer, lawyer, activist, priest, and professor trained in legal studies at Howard, Berkeley, and Yale. She was also an advocate for civil and women’s rights. Future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall called Murray’s 1952 book, States’ Laws on Race and Color, the “bible” of the landmark Brown v. the Board of Education decision to integrate schools. Murray also received an honorary citation as coauthor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legal brief for the 1971 Reed v. Reed Supreme Court decision that prohibited discrimination based on sex.
We hope museumgoers will be inspired by Murray’s extraordinary life and work, which has animated our creative approach to Dark Testament.”
Painted specifically for the Dark Testament initiative, visitors will be able to come face to face with writers like never before through large-scale portraits on display in the Meijer Gallery.
Art will be completed by: