Rev. Dr. William Barber, II

“Americans Who Tell the Truth” Exhibit at YMI

Rev. Dr. William Barber, II
Rev. Dr. William Barber, II

On Saturday, September 19, 2015 the YMI Cultural Center will host a Gala Reception for the art exhibit “Americans Who Tell the Truth” (AWTT).

The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., and AWTT artist Robert Shetterly’s portrait of Rev. Dr. William Barber, II, will be unveiled that evening. Dr. Barber is president of the NC-NAACP and leader of the Moral Monday movement.

Fannie Lou Hamer, portrait by Robert Shetterly
Fannie Lou Hamer, portrait by Robert Shetterly

Americans Who Tell the Truth is a traveling art exhibition featuring 52 portraits of courageous Americans painted by Shetterly. The portraits and accompanying narratives highlight citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness. This exhibition marks its NC debut.

Rev. Barber’s children will participate with Shetterly in the portrait unveiling; the evening will also include inspiring music, entertainment, and hors d’oeuvres prepared by the chefs at the Green Opportunities Kitchen.

Dr. Barber will be in Washington, D.C. to receive the Congressional Black Caucus “Phoenix Award” on Saturday evening, but will join Shetterly at the YMI on Sunday, September 20, from 1-4 p.m., for a community discussion about courage, truth, and activism.

John Brown, portrait by Robert Shetterly
John Brown, portrait by Robert Shetterly

Sunday afternoon events also include a ceremony honoring the young people who have participated in “Courage in Our Midst,” AWTT’s Youth Exhibit of student portraits of local “heroes,” which will also be on display through Nov. 7.

The Asheville exhibit will be featured at the YMI Cultural Center, 39 S. Market St. in downtown Asheville from September 19-November 7. After which it will travel to Greensboro’s International Civil Rights Center & Museum and Guilford College.

Tickets for the YMI reception are available at or email For more information, call Elaine at (828) 273-1781.

Hear Dr. Barber preach Sunday, September 10, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Asheville.


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