Installation photo in George Segal Gallery of three works in the University Galleries' spring 2022 exhibition, Ajamu Kojo's "Black Wall Street: A Case for Reparations"

Ajamu Kojo’s “Black Wall Street: A Case for Reparations”

Ajamu Kojo’s
Black Wall Street: A Case for Reparations

February 15 – April 23, 2022

Curated by Megan C. Austin, Director, University Galleries

Black Wall Street: A Case for Reparations is Kojo’s ongoing series of large-scale paintings that capture the imagined lives of Black professionals in the Greenwood District before the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. The community was dubbed “Black Wall Street” for its thriving culture and wealth in spite of strong segregation laws. The portraits present a spiritually uplifting dedication to the people who called Greenwood their home over a century ago. The exhibition is a sanctuary and homage to Black Americans through a reimagining of past lives.

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About Ajamu Kojo

Ajamu Kojo is a figurative painter and filmmaker based in Brooklyn. As a scenic artist, his projects include Law & Order, Boardwalk Empire, Vinyl, BULL and more. Alongside working on television and film productions, Kojo also develops independent film projects and fine artwork. His artwork is a critical analysis of social, political and cultural issues through slice of life, voyeurism, and storytelling. Kojo is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas. He majored in film and television production and minored in theatre arts at Howard University.