ALEXANDRIA, VA – Over 100 students in Alexandria, Virginia participated in the City’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. poster exhibition, which went virtual this year due to the pandemic.
“Our children looked at the life of Georgia Representative John F. Lewis,” said Andrew Watson, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) Fine Arts Curriculum Specialist. Lewis, who passed away last year, was one of the “big six leaders” in the Civil Rights movement. “He led a life of resistance to racist and unethical authority, getting into what he called ‘good trouble.'”
His life inspired the kids to draw upon central themes about which Lewis himself was passionate–bullying, the environment, Black Lives Matter, civil rights, and equality. The exhibit also allowed many of the young artists to use the opportunity to paint messages regarding social distancing, and the importance of masking up and thanking our front line workers, topics close to many hearts this year.