Mural by Jon Onye Lockard, African American Heritage Room, Manoogian Hall, Wayne a State University, Detroit

Mural by Jon Onye Lockard, African American Heritage Room, Manoogian Hall, Wayne State University, Detroit

Jon Onye Lockard:The Life and Journey of a Visual Griot

Please join us as we honor the legacy of one of our founding faculty. Exhibit: Lockard, Master Muralist will feature photographic reproductions of his murals at the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Washtenaw Community College, the Detroit Public Library, the Charles Wright Museum and Central State University (Ohio). These have not been seen together in one place before.
Monday, October 12, 2015

The symposium will place Jon Onye Lockard within the context of those who shared similar perspectives on the role of artists, their obligation to envision and fight for a humane social order and their desire to uplift and empower others through their work.

9:00 a.m. Libation: Bing Davis, Founder & President
Willis Bing Davis Art Studio & EbonNia Gallery, Shango: Center for the Study of African American Art & Culture
9:15 a.m.: Welcome: Frieda Ekotto, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies Chair
“The Life and Work of Jon Onye Lockard”
9:30-11:00 a.m. :
“Art and Spiritual Migrations to the African Homeland and Exploring the concept ‘Black is Beautiful!’
Michael Harris, Associate Professor of Art History and African American Studies, Emory University; Bamidele Agbasegbe Demerson, Museum Studies Program, Southern University at New Orleans; Shirley Woodson, Artist, National Conference of Artists Michigan; John E. Lawrence, retired Director of the Washtenaw Community College Music Performance program
11:00-11:10 a.m.: Break
11:10 a.m.-12:40 p.m.:
“Social Realism though Activism in the Arts”
Bing Davis, Founder & President, Willis Bing Davis Art Studio & EbonNia Gallery, Shango: Center for the Study of African American Art & Culture; Ed Jackson, ArchD, Executive architect for the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial; Nikki Flowers, Administative Law Judge (ALJ) at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR), Atlanta
12:45-2:00 p.m.: LUNCH
2:00-2:15 p.m.: Spoken word: Debby Mitchell, Senior Project Manager, Leaders and Learners Pathway Team, U-M
2:15- 4:00 p.m. : Teaching Art, Teaching Life: Let Them Hear You
Former students Derrick Humphries, JD; James Lee, DDS
Includes a speak-out from other students
4:00-4:20 p.m.: Closing Remarks: Lee Gill, Associate Vice President for Inclusion and Equity/Chief Diversity Officer, University of Akron
4:20-4:30 p.m.:Ancestral prayer: Kwasi Ampene, Director, Center for World Performance Studies (CWPS), Associate Professor, DAAS and School of Music, Theater and Dance (SMTD)
4 :30 -5:30 p.m.: Reception