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Where Are Oakland's Black Artists?

In the face of gentrification, local Black artists and curators are working to ensure that no one ever needs to ask where they are, or whether they've been here all along.

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Since May 27, the show has been at the Marin Community Foundation in Novato, where it will stay until September 25. Then, it will move to the Petaluma Arts Center for a show from October 10 until November 22. Parham and Lewis hope to have the third volume of Black Artists on Art published by early 2016. Although they have yet to decide on a publisher, the duo is determined to ensure that the books will cheap, and they hope to get them into schools. In that way, they hope to eventually overcome the implicit bias rooted in white-centric art history.

As Samella Lewis wrote in the original Black Artists on Art with eloquent sass and admirable simplicity, "It is long past time for us to fully realize that artists are really different from each other — just as people are different from each other. One might venture to say that artists are people."

Correction: The original version of this article did not include the correct full name of Pamela Mays McDonald.

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