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Graphic Novels and Under-represented Stories: A talk about persons of color in comics and graphic books

November 15, 2018 | 6:30 pm
Birthplace of Country Music Museum
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On Thursday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m., Thomas Bryant will discuss images of persons of color in comics, particularly the recent, growing trend of Afrocentric graphic novels focused on historical figures and events. This presentation is part of the programming to accompany the special exhibit For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, which examines the role that visual culture played in shaping and transforming the struggle for racial equality in America from the late 1940s to the mid-1970s. During the Civil Rights era and beyond, that visual culture has also included comic books with superheroes such as Black Lightning or focused on topics like the Harlem Hellfighters, where graphic design helped to make these heroes and stories part of the wider popular culture and also to bring awareness to and understanding of various social issues and histories.

This event will be held in the museum’s Performance Theater, and it is free and open to the public.

Thomas Bryant is an Assistant Professor at Virginia Highlands Community College. He has an undergraduate degree from King College and a graduate degree from Hollins University. His stage play Level to the Ground was selected for the Henri Edmonds’ New Works Festival in Washington, D.C., and his screenplay Our Moon was a finalist in the Canada International Film Festival script contest. He is an avid superhero comic and film buff.