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Despite the fact that black women are major presence in the Black Lives Matter movement, activists still struggle to be heard when speaking specifically about black women who have suffered brutality and died at the hands of the police.
Many stories remain largely untold, but a growing number of movements over the past year, including #SayHerName hope to change that.
“Blood at the Root: Unearthing the Stories of State Violence Against Black Women,” a new exhibition at Chicago’s Holy Covenant United Methodist Church hopes to be another voice for black women who have been abused and killed by police officers.
The show, which runs from now until October, opened earlier this month, just four months after the acquittal of Dante Servin. Servin, a Chicago police detective, killed Rekia Boyd in a public park, an apparent case of recklessness.
Boyd, and 99 other women will be honored at the exhibition, which will include a historical timeline of police violence dating back to slavery.
“We wanted to lift up the history and the memory of black women who were killed by police in the course of being incarcerated, or while incarcerated, or sexually assaulted or otherwise harmed,” co-curator Rachel Caidor tells DNA Info.
“We wanted to lift up the history and the memory of black women who were killed by police in the course of being incarcerated, or while incarcerated, or sexually assaulted or otherwise harmed.”
Caidor worked with fellow curators Ayanna Banks Harris, Mariame Kaba, Deana Lewis, Andrea Ritchie and Ash Stephens to develop the show.
“Blood at the Root: Unearthing the Stories of State Violence Against Black Women” is currently on view at the Holy Covenant United Methodist Church in Chicago, Illinois. The church is located at 925 W. Diversey Parkway. The exhibition is open to the public Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 5 p.m.-7 p.m.