African Americans and the Arts – Black History Month at UWA

Published 12:51 am Wednesday, February 7, 2024

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The Coleman Center for the Arts (CCA) is delighted to announce our collaboration with the University of West Alabama Division of Nursing and The University of West Alabama’s Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to present “Flowers for Henrietta Lacks,” an interactive visual art exhibition by CCA Artist-In-Residence Bakara Johnson. The exhibition is available for viewing Feb. 2-29, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at UWA, 100 U.S. Highway 11 in Livingston. The exhibit is on display in Spieth Hall, Room 332. Stop by and check it out throughout the month of February.

“Henrietta Lacks was a Black American woman whose cancer cells were taken without her knowledge and used for scientific research that led to numerous medical breakthroughs,” said artist Bakara Johnson. “However, her family was not informed until years later and did not receive any compensation for the use of her cells. My exhibition aims to shed light on this injustice and honor the life of Henrietta Lacks through art. Each piece was carefully crafted to tell her story and bring attention to the importance of informed consent and ethical medical research.”

Our Executive Director and Curator, Dr. Marguerite Hinrichs will also participate in the panel discussion “D9 Ways to Tell Our Story” on Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. at Wallace Auditorium.

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We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the university’s leadership for the opportunity to collaborate with the Division of Nursing and the Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in support of the arts.

To learn more about Johnson’s work, visit