Yona Verwer - Curation

 

The Jewish Art Salon, the Kraft Center, Be'chol Lashon and JWalks present:















"GHETTO BROTHER- Warrior to Peacemaker

A Graphic Novel by Julian Voloj with illustrations by Claudia Ahlering


Curated by Yona Verwer.


The Columbia / Barnard Kraft Center, 606 West 115th Street, NYC 10025


Tuesday March 12, 2013


6-8 PM Opening Reception,  

7 pm Q & A with Benjamin Melendez and Julian Voloj, moderated by Lacey Schwartz, NY Director of Bechol Lashon


March 5 - 22, 2013, Mon - Thurs 9-5, Fri 9-1


Based on interviews with former activists, Julian Voloj tells the story of the 1971 Hoe Avenue Peace meeting; a gang truce that led to the birth of breakdancing, graffiti, and hip-hop.


The central figure of this graphic novel is Benjamin Melendez, the charismatic founder of the Ghetto Brothers, who shortly after the peace summit discovered and reclaimed his Jewish roots.


 “Warrior/Peacemaker” is not only a story about gangs in New York, but, in retracing Melendez’s life story, it’s also a tale about the Puerto Rican migration to the US, a history of economic decline in the South Bronx, and a coming-of-age story about a young man struggling with his many identities. 


Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WPgraphicnovel



Update 2016:

The book has been published here:

http://www.nbmpub.com/comicslit/ghetto_brothers/ghettohome.html


Recommended by the NY Times.

'IN THE MARGINS' BOOK AWARD TOP TEN FINALIST
BOOKLIST TOP TEN OF 2016
Best Non-fiction Book of 2015, Jewish Book Council


Exhibits at The Kraft Center have been made possible through the support of The Sidney J. Silberman Endowment Fund and in loving memory of Sidney J. Silberman.



































 

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