Art Exhibit at UNR Marks 50th Anniversary of MLK Jr. Assassination

“Malcolm X Speaks for Us” is among works displayed in the Only Light Can Do That: Remembering MLK Jr exhibit at UNR. Image: Carla O'Day.
“Malcolm X Speaks for Us” is among works displayed in the Only Light Can Do That: Remembering MLK Jr exhibit at UNR. Image: Carla O’Day.

An art exhibit inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. assassination that explores the visual cultures of black America is on display at the University of Nevada, Reno.

“Only Light Can Do That: Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.” is scheduled to be up in the Church Fine Arts Building’s Sheppard Contemporary Gallery through May 10.

The exhibit focuses in on a spectrum of perspectives and agendas specific to America’s historic and ongoing struggle with race.

King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence. He played a significant role in ending legal segregation in the U.S. and in the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the year he received the Nobel Peace Prize, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He was assassinated in April 1968.

Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. It’s closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is free.

For more information, visit https://www.unr.edu/art or call 775-784-6682.

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Carla has an undergraduate degree in journalism and more than 10 years experience as a daily newspaper reporter. She grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., moved to the Reno area in 2002 and wrote for the Reno Gazette-Journal for 8 years, covering a variety of topics. Prior to that, she covered local government in Fort Pierce, Fla.