07.23.2019

New downtown Detroit billboard Is A Reminder Black People Belong

New downtown Detroit billboard Is A Reminder Black People Belong (Photo: Allan Lengel)

A new downtown Detroit billboard proclaiming "there are black people in the future" may seem to make an obvious statement. But in  majority-black Detroit's downtown — where the demographics have shifted dramatically in the past decade — it serves as a reminder that it's a place where black people still belong.

The billboard by artist Alisha B. Wormsley of Pittsburgh is the first installment of an exhibition titled "Manifest Destiny" that opens Saturday at the Library Street Collective gallery downtown. It's curated by Afrofuturist Ingrid LaFleur, a former mayoral candidate.

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