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'Ashe to Amen' exhibit at Reginald Lewis museum raises questions
'Ashe to Amen' exhibit at Reginald Lewis museum raises questions

If there's one work that economically and poetically encapsulates the theme of the new exhibit "Ashe to Amen," it's a black-and-white photograph of a well-thumbed Bible, flipped open and lying atop an African drum. The 1989 gelatin print by Chester Higgins Jr., part of the exhibit on display through Sept. 29 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, explores in one deceptively simple shot how African culture clashes and commingles with Christian traditions. " 'Ashe' is a praise term in Yoruba that comes at the end of a prayer," says Leslie King-Hammond, who curated the exhibit, is president of the...

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