Clyde Kennard Portrait Unveiling

In partnership with Teaching For Change, Robert Shetterly's Americans Who Tell the Truth will unveil a portrait to honor the life and legacy of veteran and civil rights activist Clyde Kennard at Busboys & Poets in Washington, D.C. on November 14th at 7 pm.

The event is free and open to the public. 

In addition to Robert Shetterly, speakers will include Joyce and Dorie Ladner. 

Signed posters of the Clyde Kennard portrait will be available at the event. Proceeds will support education programs at Americans Who Tell the Truth and Teaching For Change. 

Read more about Clyde Kennard at the Zinn Education Project website. 

Rob Shetterly on his decision to paint Kennard:

At Americans Who Tell the Truth we look for stores that inspire deep compassion and then action. Clyde Kennard's is one of these. A decorated Korean War veteran, Kennard returned home and attempted to finish his education at nearby Mississippi Souther College. He was blocked from desegregating the school. When he persisted in his attempt to matriculate, Kennard was framed on a robbery charge and sent to prison. In prison Kennard contracted cancer and was refused treatment. He died just months after his release in 1963.  

The addition of his portrait to this series on the 50th anniversary of Kennard's death is meant to honor the example of his courage so that it can teach us how to live with more love, honesty, and decency. 

Please join us at this very special event. (RSVP to Aran Shetterly, Americans Who Tell the Truth.)