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These Artivists are using their art to bring awareness to racial injustice

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For some, art is a lifestyle as well as activism; and some artist and activist marry their loves together and embody the definition of an artivist. The NY Daily News recently did profile pieces on two women using their artistry to take some some politically and racially charged circumstances. They are both also co-founders of a collective entitled "Artists for Justice." Meet Babbie Dunnington. Dunnington is an English teacher and an artist who is known for drawing portraits of police brutality victims. “I consider them emotional tools for people experiencing the pain of racism and serving people who were murdered, and spreading awareness about what is happening to these human beings,”  Dunnington said. She hopes when people see her painting they are able to see the faces of those afflicted, recognize there is an issue and want to add their voice to those seeking change and justice for all peoples. And meet one of her co-founders, Shyvonne Sanganoo. Sanganoo is an educator and singer who uses her songs to evoke emotions from those who hear her, either positive and negative. “Art gives people a way to deliver the same message, but be interpreted differently. You don’t even have to speak the same language to understand what that feels like and looks like, and possibly reach more people," Sanganoo said.

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