FROM THE DESK OF BEATRICE MCBRIDE
Justice For Ahmaud - It Could Have Been Me – speaks to the dichotomy between public activism and the private struggle African American citizens experienced in response to the vigilante style murder of Ahmaud Arbery. As with other racially motivated murders, a deep sense of solidarity and intense anxiety ensued. This exhibition documents the powerful faith based political movement initiated by the Arbery Family that brought about a conviction and its effect on their close-knit Brunswick Georgia, Gullah Geechee community.
The exhibit host, The Dock Bookshop, is one of the premiere African American bookstores in the Southwest. Curator Vicki Meek arranged the images to compliment this intimate space and encourage dialog. The images survey a broad range of time from September 2020 to August 2022, culminating with the federal hate crime sentencing. More important than the photographs themselves is the viewer’s perspective. We all have a story to share. This is our story. My goal is to empower the audience with a sense of Sankofa, learn from the past to make progress.
This exhibit is part of the Fotofest Biennial Participating Spaces program.