An exhibition of artwork by fourth- and eighth-graders opens Friday night at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka.
"The Ray of Hope" consists of quilts and murals inspired by Aaron Douglas, considered a forefather of African-American art and a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance.
The featured artists are fourth-graders at Williams Science and Fine Arts Magnet School in Topeka and eighth-graders from Liberty Central Middle School in Lawrence.
They created their art with the help of nationally known quilter Marla Jackson. She is serving as an artist-in-residence at the Brown site.
Williams student Xavier Benham also will be recognized at the Friday exhibition. His artwork has been picked for inclusion in a national exhibition at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington.