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Tiffany Harris, coordinator of the Smith Middle School and Teen Center, speaks with Col. Seth Graves, the commander of U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, and a guest about the art exhibit on the history of Blacks at Camp Humphreys Youth Center on February 18, 2022.
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Roxanne Venegas, a ninth-grader at Humphreys High School and a member of the Keystone Club at Smith Middle School and Teen Center, shows off her drawing during the Black History Art Exhibit at Camp Humphreys Youth Center on Feb. 18 2022.
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Students from Smith Middle School and the Teen Center’s Keystone Club join Alexandra Harris, acting director of the youth center program, and Col. Seth Graves, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, to celebrate the Black History with Art Exhibit at Camp Humphreys Youth Center Feb 18. 2022.
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CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea (February 23, 2022) – Students from the U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys Smith Middle School and Teen Center participate in a Black History art exhibit on February 18, 2022.

The art exhibit was a creative way for students to put aside their differences and learn more about black history.

“In fact, this is our first black history art exhibit,” said Alexandra Harris, acting program director at the Smith Middle School and Teen Center, also known as the Center for youth. “The young people, they drew a lot of these pictures. We also created a power point with black actors, black athletes and black inventors to play in the background, so viewers could read their biography.

Keaira Richardson, an eleventh grader at Humphreys High School and president of the youth center’s Keystone Club, said the students wanted to do something fun and decided on the art exhibit as a way to pay homage to the black changemakers in the United States, both past and present.

“I thought the exhibit was great, not only because of the beautiful artwork on display, but also because of the diversity of kids who provided the artwork,” said Command Sgt. . Maj. Benjamin Lemon, USAG Humphreys senior adviser. “It was the epitome of what observing Black History Month is all about, providing an opportunity for others outside of the African American community to learn and appreciate the contributions that African Americans -Americans have made to the betterment of the US The more we learn about each other, the more empathy and understanding we gain.

Posters of Madame CJ Walker, Martin Luther King Jr. and Frederick Douglass hang on the walls of the exhibit with biographies and affirmation lyrics of iconic black history figures. Interpretations of a black fist, Black Lives Matter paintings and other abstract artwork were displayed on the tables.

The exhibit included paintings and drawings created by students from Humphreys Middle School and Humphreys High School.




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Julia McCants, a ninth-grader at Humphreys High School and a member of the Keystone Club at Smith Middle School and Teen Center, shows off her drawing during the Black History Art Exhibit at Camp Humphreys Teen Center on February 18, 2022 .
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Jimmy Scoggin, youth program assistant at Smith Middle School and Teen Center, greets guests at the Black History Art Exhibit at Camp Humphreys Youth Center on Feb. 18, 2022.
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A member of the U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys community explores paintings on display as part of the Black History Art Exhibit at Camp Humphreys Smith Middle School and Teen Center Feb. 18, 2022.
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Jimmy Scoggin, youth program assistant at the youth center, explained that members of the Keystone Club – students in grades ninth through twelfth – encouraged middle school students to paint and draw, telling them that their work would be part of of the art exhibition.

“The middle school kids were at the art center every day painting something,” Scoggin said.

Julia and Lilian McCants, ninth grade students at Humphreys High School, highlighted the profile drawing of a woman with a beautiful headdress created from the words ‘Black History Month’. Each letter shone with black, red, yellow or green spots.

“The person who did the artwork is Lilian McCants,” gushed her twin Julia, as she explained the inspiration behind the artwork. “We were looking for artwork to do for black history, and this one stood out for both of us. We thought it would be pretty cool to try and interpret it in our own way and make it cool for other people to see.

Camp Humphreys students and community members walked through the exhibit, admiring the beautiful displays of black culture, discussing what the artists were trying to convey, and learning a bit of history in the process.

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