As a long-time volunteer with Mariame Kaba’s Project Nia, I became part of Chicago’s vibrant tradition of political education grounded in social movement history. Looking back at my archive of xerox’ed flyers, postcards, and pamphlets, I’m reminded that you can do a lot with a little.

Two exhibits stand out as excellent examples of political education on a dime:

Black/Inside: A History of Captivity & Confinement in the U.S. sought to illustrate the birth of the U.S. as a prison nation from the colonial roots of Black confinement and criminalization. (2012)

Black & Blue: Art about Policing, Violence and Resistance was part art exhibit and part classroom for creative resistance. (2013)

*Thumbnail art by the extraordinary Billy Dee features Angela Davis in a series of postcards made for the Black/Inside.

 Personal artwork for Black and Blue [Photo Courtesy of Project Nia]

Personal artwork for Black and Blue [Photo Courtesy of Project Nia]

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 [Art Courtesy of Billy Dee]

[Art Courtesy of Billy Dee]