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Public Painting Of Trayvon Martin Sparks Conversations About Racism On Campus

A painting of Trayvon Martin by Imo Nse Imeh at Westfield State University.
Photo by Jill Kaufman for NEPR

An art professor just spent four days publicly painting a six-foot-tall portrait of Trayvon Martin, the black teen whose murder in 2012 polarized the country and ignited a debate on racial profiling and civil rights.

The performance took place at Westfield State University, where last semester almost two dozen racist signs and messages were reported around campus.

Imo Imeh is an artist and teacher, an African-American man born in the U.S. of Nigerian parents. He led the 17-hour public art project: one hour for each year of Trayvon Martin’s life.

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