Profile: Kelli Morgan
PhD candidate, UofM Amherst
Kelli Morgan was born and raised on the Westside of Detroit. Her interests in African-American history and culture began when she was in high school, but did not fully flourish until she became a student of Wayne State University in 2000, and was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and a recipient of the Dudley Randall Endowed Scholarship from the Department of Africana Studies. She graduated cum laude with her B.A. degree in 2006. Kelli is on the literature and culture track.
NoteStreams By Kelli Morgan
In 2013, when Graham C Boettcher, chief curator at the Birmingham Museum of Art, first conceptualized a small exhibit examining the visual representation of race in American art, he couldn’t have anticipated the present political moment. From events in Ferguson and Baltimore to the senseless murder of nine innocent people at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, America finds itself at another crossroads in race relations because of the harrowing effects of systemic racism. When I was asked to co-curate this exhibition last year, I emphasized that race – specifically, “blackness” – has been constructed and visually represented from the perspectives of both blacks and whites.