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01/31/2014

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such as the lunch counter sit-ins of the civil rights era. The traveling show — dubbed KKK: Kin Killin' Kin — is stark and provocative, just what Pate, of Dayton, OH, wants it to be. He calls the images a "tantrum" he's throw- ing, driven by the heartache black violence causes him. "It just burned away at me," he says, "and it made me feel like I was respon- sible in a lot of ways." As an artist, Pate felt he needed to lend his talent to the cause of nonviolence. "There's got to be something I can do," he adds, describing how he felt when he began the KKK series in 2000. Pate's main goal with the show is to inspire conversation and dialogue about violence in the African-American community, and to even encourage civic leaders and the young to work toward solutions. He compares dia- logue to the artistic process: Fresh ideas hit him as he's doing the work, just as new ideas can crop up when people take the time to think through a problem together. "You make discoveries," he says. In addition to the exhibition at the library, Pate this week visited with students at Booker High School and participated in a Q&A with young folks, talking up his mes- sage and discussing his process. While Pate's R.I.P. African Americans by James Pate. Sarasota News Leader January 31, 2014 Page 83

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