Exhibit Traces History of Black Representation in Comic Books

Hip Hop Family Tree coverAn exhibition, “History of Black Representation and Its Rise within the Comic Book Genre,” is on view in the Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons February 1-29, 2016.

African American characters in comic books can be found early in the medium’s origins. Unfortunately their portrayals have often been the subject of controversy due to their limited presence and lack of adequate representation.

Showcased in the exhibit are revealing insights into decades past through the visual lens of the comic book genre. Learn more about this medium and how it relates to the changing American landscape, and crucial historical periods of social transformation.

Materials on display, drawn from the collections of the UWM Libraries, feature the increased depiction from 1960’s, when characters of color were limited to side-kick or supporting roles, to the current day in which black writers and artists are actively involved in mainstream American comic book culture, directly addressing representation of black characters and their narratives.

The exhibit provides valuable opportunities for continued discussions, with tie-ins to current curriculum. For more information, contact Tiffany Thornton at thornto4@uwm.edu or 414-229-7377.