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Black Family Recalls Learning in Segregated Schools

A black history narrative.

James and Mary Kendrick are a local black family who went to school in the days of segregation in the deep south of Georgia. African-American children and white children were not allowed to go to school together for quite a while before equal rights were won with the decision of Brown v. Board of Education in 1954.

The Kendricks said that black children went to their own school but could only use the materials that the white children had already used: typewriters, books, band uniforms and even music instruments. Often times this meant that when the black children received them, they were “tattered and torn,” recalled Mrs Kendrick.

Mr. Kendrick continued by saying that he would end up taking home the used instruments and “welding the joints back together” to make the instrument “sound the way it should again” for their school band.

Let’s listen as James and Mary Kendrick recall a time where they went to school during segregation:

Education has come a long way from the 1940s to the year 2014. Blacks and whites not only go to school together but they also work, eat, and play together. As the school systems were integrated over the years, textbooks and other materials became the same for all races.

The first computers were introduced in the early 2000s, as mentioned in a previous article “Integrating Technology Into the Classroom Past to Present.” For schools to advance from the typewriter to digital technology education finally began to have level playing fields for all races.

Now, in the year 2014, technology has advanced so far that more schools have begun to incorporate digital learning through iPads and other tablet devices into the classroom curriculum.

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A Closer Look at Massive Burn Studios: Keeping Visual Arts Alive in Atlanta

The artwork of Miles Davis is an inspiration to look deep within self to examine where you are headed in the future by remembering the experiences had growing up. Davis mentioned that by him being from a military family and having “traveled the world by the age of seven” that it “made him very knowledgeable of who he was as a human being and very independent as a person.”

According to their website Massive Burn Studios was, “Initially created to showcase the artwork and illustrations of pop-surrealist painter Miles Davis, the company has since grown into a full fledged creative services firm.”

A Closer Look at Massive Burn Studios: Keeping Visual Arts Alive in Atlanta from Amanda Golden on Vimeo.

It has been recorded by The Association of American Educators that “Among programs outside of music and art, far fewer public elementary schools are offering visual arts, dance and drama classes than a decade ago.”

“The fact that the defunding of arts; not just visual arts but music and everything else in schools is definitely a concern for me”, explained Davis. So, the Davis Duo is hoping to help by creating more avenues for children in the near future with their upcoming children series called “Butterpup” among many other ideas to keep children focused on a brighter more positive future. The new LLC, set for the coming year, is meant to “diversify the Mass Appeal Market for children” stated Davis.

William Dyrness, in an article entitled, “Subjectivity, the person and Modern Art says, “one of the few relatively uncontested observations about modern art is its consistent celebration of subjectivity and personal expression.”

The name of the company, Massive Burn Studios, is also an “inspiration within itself” stated Davis because it, “delved into the inspiration and the fire of trying to succeed in a creative business.”

Massive Burn Studios offers a wide range of products that fit to the pockets of many patrons. From the “Bargain Bin” on their site to the necklaces and postcard “takeaways” for purchase when they do conventions they have artwork that all can enjoy.

For more information on Massive Burn Studios or even to contact them to create an original piece just for you please visit massiveburnstudios.com. They are also always available via Facebook!

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