WSU exhibition honoring Rosa Parks, Damon J. Keith, opens...
Detroit Free Press, WDIV-TV 4, WXYZ-TV 7, 6/3; Detroit Legal News, 6/4
Wayne State University art exhibit honors Rosa Parks, Judge Damon Keith
A new art exhibit at Wayne State University honors two legendary Civil Rights pioneers — Rosa Parks and U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Damon Keith. The exhibit opened to the public yesterday at the Wayne State University Law School, where it will be on permanent display in the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights. The artwork, which is named “A Garland of Praise Songs for Rosa Parks,” features 26 colorful wood, fiber and fabric totems, each 54 inches tall. Peter J. Hammer, director of the Keith Center, noted the artwork’s relevance. “It’s about civil rights and celebrates the friendship of Rosa Parks and Judge Keith. Because it honors two Detroiters, it’s also fitting that it was created by a Detroit artist.” Visitors can view the work for free from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the law school.
Detroit Free Press, The Miami Herald, WLNS-TV (Lansing), 6/3
Wayne State unveils art exhibit today honoring Rosa Parks, Judge Damon Keith
by David Jesse
Wayne State University unveils today a new art installation at its law school to honor two civil rights pioneers with Detroit roots: Rosa Parks and U.S. District Judge Damon J. Keith. The news media will have a preview at 9 a.m. and the exhibit will open to the public at 10 a.m. The installation, “A Garland of Praise Songs for Rosa Parks,” is made up of 26 wood, fiber and fabric totems by Detroit artist Lester Johnson. The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and then from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Admission is free. Peter J. Hammer, director of the Keith Center, said he enjoys all that the creation represents. “It’s about civil rights and celebrates the friendship of Rosa Parks and Judge Keith,” Hammer said in a press release. “Because it honors two Detroiters, it’s also fitting that it was created by a Detroit artist.”