Levine Museum of the New South presents K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace to explore the impact of police-involved killings in Charlotte and elsewhere
CHARLOTTE, N.C., (Feb. 15, 2017) – In collaboration with community partners, Levine Museum of the New South announces the debut on Friday, Feb. 17, of K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace – one of the nation’s first exhibitions to explore the impact of police-involved killings in Charlotte and communities across the country.
Responding to the recent shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott and community reaction in Charlotte, Levine Museum fast-tracked an exhibition – originally planned for 2018 – to provide historical context to help visitors explore the issues involved. Presented by Bank of America, K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace also includes robust programming to engage the community.
“Levine Museum of the New South uses history to build community and prompt dialogue around difficult issues such as those raised during this period of unrest,” said Kathryn Hill, President and CEO of Levine Museum of the New South. “K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace reflects a rapid-response approach we’ve embraced to provide context for current issues in a way that fosters understanding and empathy for everyone involved.”
K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace features photographs, stories and footage from the aftermath of fatal confrontations involving police in Charlotte and elsewhere, as well as a timeline of contemporary history that helps visitors understand the environment in which these events occurred. The exhibition also captures the voices of local police, protesters, emergency personnel, faith leaders and others reflecting on their personal experiences during Charlotte’s protests.
“Bank of America is proud to be the presenting sponsor of this important exhibition,” said Charlotte Market President Charles Bowman. “The photos and stories from different communities, such as the murals created by artists here in Charlotte, tell the stories behind these issues and engage our community in an important dialogue to create constructive solutions.”
The exhibition showcases the work of Charlotte photographer Alvin C. Jacobs Jr., who has traveled the country and captured a range of human emotions during protests that followed deaths in Charlotte, Ferguson, Baltimore, Chicago and New York.
The show also features photographs and stories of more than a dozen people killed by police in an exhibit called Lives Beyond the Hashtags, created by Dr. Tiffany Packer, a history professor at Johnson C. Smith University, and her students who collected objects, photographs and testimony from the families and friends of those who died.
K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace invites community members and visitors to reflect on their own feelings and experiences related to the Charlotte protests through programs that will include:
A book club and film series that brings diverse audiences together to explore issues related to deadly police encounters and their aftermath. The series will feature lectures by distinguished authors and filmmakers from around the country, beginning March 2 with The Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery, author of They Can’t Kill Us All.
Lectures and panel discussions that examine topics such as implicit bias, school resegregation, the lack of affordable housing and urban renewal.
A dinner series presented with Bank of America’s support that brings together diverse groups to explore economic and social mobility.
A series of outreach programs offered at schools and community gathering places.
“K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace is a work in progress that will grow and change as visitors contribute their own photos, stories and objects documenting their relationship to these tragic events,” said Hill. “Levine Museum joins with people across our community to explore this moment in the history of Charlotte and our country.”
The exhibit and related programming are also sponsored by WFAE, Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. For hours and information, please visit www.museumofthenewsouth.org.
About Levine Museum of the New South
Levine Museum of the New South is an interactive museum housing the nation’s most comprehensive interpretation of post-Civil War southern history. Through the award-winning exhibit, Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers, changing galleries and complementing programs, the Museum tells the stories of the diverse people who have reinvented and shaped the region since 1865. Over 50,000 people visit the Museum each year, including 10,000 students who enrich their understanding of North Carolina history and enhance critical thinking skills through their experience at the Museum.