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Jamal Williams, SJCS Art Options Artist, to Take Part in The AFRO’s 125th Gala

Jamal Williams' painting of a man with a striped scarf playing the piano with his eyes closed in concentrationJamal Williams, an emerging artist in the DC area, will be appearing at The AFRO American Newspaper’s 125th-anniversary gala, where he will be actively creating new pieces, and where his art will be available for sale. Jamal began painting ten years ago through St. John’s Community Services while in high school, and to this day remains involved with the Art Options Program. Jamal uses painting as a form of communication and self-expression. A trademark of much of his work is the use of bright “happy” colors. His work can be found in in the Mid-Atlantic region as well as California, Trinidad, and Afghanistan.

The AFRO American Newspaper (The AFRO) marks its 125th anniversary with a gala on August 12th, 2017 at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland. The event will feature speakers, and honor individuals who have contributed to The AFRO’s success. Proceeds from the anniversary gala will be used to support paid internships for journalism students attending HBCU’s. More information about The AFRO gala and tickets can be found on the event website.

Established in 1892, The AFRO is the longest-running African-American family-owned newspaper in the country. The newspaper reaches more than one and a half million consumers weekly, and its on-line archives, which include photographs, clippings, and other items of collectible memorabilia, are historically unique primary sources reflecting the rich culture of African -Americans over the past one hundred twenty-five years.

Learn more about SJCS’s Art Options Program