Youth Workshops (2/11-2/25)

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“Dark Matter” 
A Writing Workshop for BIPOC Youth

Inspired by “The Impact of Images: Mamie Till’s Courage from Tragedy”
With Lydia F. Theon Ware i

3 consecutive Sundays, February 11, 18, 25, 2024 • 1:30–3:00 PM
Free to BIPOC teens ages 14-18, with parental approval.
Registration required:

Barbara and Art Culver Center for the Arts
3824 Main Street, Riverside 92501

BIPOC teens ages 14-18 are invited to a writing workshop based on the exhibition “The Impact of Images: Mamie Till’s Courage from Tragedy,” which runs through March 30, 2024 at the Culver Center of the Arts in downtown Riverside. This powerful collection of photographs includes both family photos and extraordinary images made by Black photojournalists, and will inspire the writing, reflection, and insight of a new generation.

This activity is supported in part by the National Endowment of the Arts ( and the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at

About “The Impact of Images: Mamie Till’s Courage from Tragedy”

The lynching of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till by white supremacists in 1955 was a shocking tragedy, made worse by the appalling miscarriage of justice in the trial that followed. Emmett’s mother, Mamie, courageously made the decision to forego the privacy of her devastating loss by insisting the world see what they had done to her son. She chose to have an open casket funeral and invited the Black press corps in order to provide visual evidence of this tragedy to the world.

The collective awakening and the actions that followed contributed directly to the Civil Rights Movement. Driven by courage, the event inspired a generation to force change, and the images that record this tragedy sparked consciousness across society. The impact of these images shook the world and there was no turning back.

The Impact of Images is curated by Chris Flannery, CEO of 1966 Americas, and Charles Long, Professor of Art at UCR. Programs at UCR ARTS are supported by the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) at UCR, and the City of Riverside.

Workshop leader Lydia F. Theon Ware i has written a journal book, “63 Days to Change Your Ways,” and is published in MUSE, the Riverside City College literary magazine. Her latest body of work includes “Howling Butterflies Need Water Too!”, “Awe; Love Letters to the Most High,” and “17 Letters for Jesus and Me.”

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