BY HOWARD POUSNER / ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION
Hot on the heels of Kennesaw State University’s decision to reinstall Ruth Stanford’s art installation at its Zuckerman Museum of Art, leaders of KSU’s President’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Dialogue have released a letter supporting the KSU president’s original decision to remove it.
The letter by professors Jesse Benjamin, Judy Allen and Ernesto Silva does not call for a ban of Stanford’s work, ”A Walk in the Valley,” concerning the controversial legacy of the late author Corra Mae Harris.
Instead, the letter was written “in the spirit of dialogue and deeper understanding and reconciliation,” according to Jesse Benjamin, coordinator of KSU’s African and African Diaspora Studies.
“While the conversation in the media has so far focused almost exclusively on the issue of artistic freedom and censorship, we wanted to add our voices and suggest that another side of the story has not yet been told, and needs to be,” the