Ivy-League fixture, philosophy dynamo and prominent activist Dr. Cornel West was in Dallas on Friday, June 20, and paid a visit to local conceptual artist Lauren Woods’ permanent installation, titled Drinking Fountain #1, in the Dallas County Records Building. West was in town to speak about race inequality and social justice issues at a gathering of Mothers Against Police Brutality hosted by Friendship-West Baptist Church.
Woods’ Drinking Fountain #1, unveiled last November during the city-wide commemoration of the Kennedy assassination, is a screen smoothly built into a working water fountain; it plays footage of historical civil rights protests when you bend down to take a drink. The Records Building installation is in the spot where, when a metal plate fell off the wall near a water fountain in 2003, a segregation-era “Whites Only” sign was revealed.
For the informal press event, Woods was on hand to greet Dr. West, along with Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price.
also by Christina Rees
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