Black and white photo of African American children riding bikes. Photography by Donald Black Jr
Black and white photo of African American children riding bikes. Photograph by Donald Black Jr

Social justice photo exhibit: A conversation with Donald Black Jr.

Photos by local artist and activist Donald Black Jr. are on display at Kelvin Smith Library through Nov. 17. Featuring 20 photographs, this exhibit is informed by Black’s experience with the evolution of bike riding in Cleveland. This body of work focuses on the freedom of creative expression for Black men and boys riding pedal and dirt bikes. Black sees beautiful and necessary innocent rage being expressed by riders as he captures them popping wheelies and building bonds through bikes. There is a high risk when expressing yourself freely and uncontained as a Black rider, often seen as a threat, disobedience, ruthlessness and danger. Even so, these riders carry on and demonstrate the power of being yourself and being free.

Members of the Case Western Reserve University and local communities are invited to hear from Black during a conversation Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Kelvin Smith Library. RSVP to A photo ID is required for entry into the library.

The Social Justice Institute and Kelvin Smith Library are co-sponsoring this exhibit.