This research paper explores the intersection of art and social justice, with a specific focus on the Black Spartans (1907-1948) Exhibit that showcased 19 Black students who attended San José State University from 1907 to 1948. The paper argues that art, in the form of visual representation, can serve as a powerful tool to address social injustices and provide a platform for underrepresented voices to be heard. By examining the Black Spartans exhibit, the paper highlights the significance of representation and how it can contribute to social justice movements. The paper also analyzes the impact of the exhibit on the local community and how it helped to reshape perceptions of local Bay Area history and how Black individuals during a time of systemic racism and oppression prevailed. Ultimately, the research highlights the importance of creating spaces for diverse narratives to be shared and the role of art in promoting social justice.
"#ExistenceisResistance: Black Spartans Exhibition,"
McNair Research Journal SJSU: Vol. 19
, Article 7.