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Black Light Project unveils banner

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ROCKY MOUNT ­— The Black Light Project in partnership with the city of Rocky Mount is unveiling banners of subjects featured in the exhibit on display at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences. The first public banner was displayed June 23 on the Rocky Mount Mills campus.

“These portraits of Kyle Johnson and Yannick McLeod as well as the others that can be found throughout the community are a testament to the strength and beauty that is Rocky Mount,” said Rocky Mount Mills Development Manager Evan Covington Chavez. “We are thrilled to have them displayed on campus and to share them with those who visit.”

Remaining banners are being unveiled throughout the city. The Black Light Project features the photo stories and recordings of eight Black men from Nash and Edgecombe counties. The exhibit has been on display at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences since the spring.

The city of Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department earned a grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation to promote the banner portion of the project.

“The Black Light Project is more than banners placed across the horizon of Rocky Mount,” said Black Light Project founder Tonya Jefferson-Lynch. “It is a representation of what has always been and will always be — Black men watching carefully over their community with love and in strength. And in this moment, foreshadowing the change in our collective perception of Black men throughout our country.”

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