Sunday, February 28, 2010

San Francisco Art Exchange Debuts Special Black History Month Exhibit

Rosa Sat, Martin Walked & Barack Ran: Photographic Homage to African-American Leaders of Change On Display from February 1 to April, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO (February, 2010) – In honor of Black History Month in February, San Francisco Art Exchange (SFAE) is proud to announce its exhibit, Rosa Sat, Martin Walked & Barack Ran: From a Seat on a Bus to the Desk at the White House. The special collection of more than 100 historical images depicting the lives of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., and President Barack Obama is a celebration of the three honorees’ influence and accomplishments. Inspired by the song “Rosa Sat – A Song for Obama,” written by singer-songwriter Amy Dixon-Kolar just after Obama’s historic election victory, the exhibit chronicles defining moments in black history by focusing on the legacies and historic achievements of President Obama, Ms. Parks, and the Reverend Dr. King.

Comprising powerful images and intimate portraits captured by nearly twenty renowned photographers, Rosa Sat, Martin Walked & Barack Ran opens February 1, 2010 and will remain on display at SFAE through April 4. The historic retrospective will also be available for viewing on the SFAE Web site,

“This exhibit marks the first time all of these photographs have been shown together, and we’re honored that these world-class photographers are sharing their iconic works with us for this special event,” said SFAE co-founder and show curator Theron Kabrich. “We are celebrating African-American leaders who have changed the world through their courage, commitment and passionate pursuit of justice, and hope our visitors leave with the message that each of us can play a role in making positive social change.”

The exhibit features images from TIME magazine photographer Callie Shell, photographer/documentarian Lisa Law, photographer and social activist Bob Adelman, famed rock and roll photographer Jim Marshall, and civil rights advocate and photographer Bernie Kleina, among many others.

Clarence Jones, early speech-writer and attorney for Martin Luther King attended the opening party and shared his experiences with Martin Luther King in a 45 minute presentation. Clarence was also instrumental in the writing of the “I Have a Dream” speech, certainly one of the most famous oral presentations of all time.

The San Francisco Art Exchange is located at 458 Geary Street, between Mason and Taylor, and online at For more information, call 1-800-344-9633.

1 comment:

Tiffany said...

I will have to go to the site to see the exhibit. I looks and sounds great from what I read on your blog.