MINNEAPOLIS - A new exhibit at the Mill City Museum called "A Choice of Weapons: A Living Legacy" has challenged Minneapolis teens to portray their community with dignity and pride.
Many of the teens are first time photographers, but their work is showing alongside Gordon Parks' photos. Parks was the first black photographer for LIFE magazine.
As part of the project, the teens read Parks' book and then took up the challenge to photograph their community.
"When I was doing this, I was in my own little world and this is what I got from that," said Jaliah Holloman, who took photos on the streets of north Minneapolis.
She wanted to show people a side of her community that often goes unnoticed.
"People are welcoming. They're warm, inviting and if you don't take the time and come, you'll never know that," she said.
The exhibit runs until June. A companion exhibit is also open at Juxtaposition Arts until December. Both are free.
The project is a collaboration of One Minneapolis One Read, Juxtaposition Arts and the Minnesota Historical Society.
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