BAM! POW! Black superheroes exhibit explodes into URI Fine Arts Main Gallery

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Graphic art show explores African American images in comic books

KINGSTON, R.I. – February 17, 2015 – Since the Black Panther first blasted onto the pages of “Fantastic Four #52” in 1966 as Marvel’s first black superhero, the role of African Americans in comic books has grown, evolved and contributed to racial awareness in the United States.

Throughout February, the University of Rhode Island Department of Art and Art History has been exploring the representations, cultural significance and development of black superheroes in the public consciousness through its exhibit, “Black Superheroes: From the Comic Book Universe to the College Campus.”

Presented in the main gallery of the URI Fine Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road, the show includes seminal black comic book superheroes such as Black Panther, Black Lightning, Storm, Luke Cage, Blade, the Falcon, Nubia and others, and celebrates black superheroes as a powerful source of racial meaning and imagination in American history.