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Media Advisory - Brian Lanker’s ‘I Dream A World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America’ to open at the Mulvane Art Museum Friday, Feb. 14

WHAT: Brian Lanker’s much-anticipated exhibit, “I Dream A World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America,” will open at the Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University.

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 14, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

WHERE: Mulvane Art Museum on the Washburn University Campus


     Brian Lanker was a 1973 Pulitzer Prize winner when he was a photographer with the Topeka Capital-Journal. His book, “I Dream A World,” was published in 1989 in conjunction with an exhibition that toured internationally. The exhibition features the critically-acclaimed photographs of African American women who changed America. Lanker photographed 76 women including Maya Angelou, Rosa Parks, Althea Gibson, Lena Horne, Ruby Dee, Coretta Scott King, Oprah Winfrey and Septima Poinsette Clark, to name just a few.

     Lanker’s family, who now resides in Oregon, kept the original photographs that toured internationally. Lanker, who passed away in 2011, was twice named Newspaper Photographer of the Year. His work for LIFE and Sports Illustrated received numerous international awards.

     Through generous donors, the Mulvane Art Museum has acquired the photographs for its permanent collection. The Opening Reception will be the first time the exhibit has been shown to the public in more than 20 years.

     In addition to the public opening on Friday, Feb. 14, Washburn University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host Washburn University’s annual Step Show at 7 p.m. in White Concert Hall. The public is invited to attend as many other area colleges and universities will be participating. Washburn students and members of the Greek community are free, but general admission to the Step Show is $5.

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For further information: Sarah Towle Washburn University Alumni Association and Foundation Office: 785.670.1744 Email: stowle@wualumni.org OR Joy Bailes Washburn University Assistant Director of Public Relations Office: 785-670-2153 Cell: 785-230-1648 Email: joy.bailes@washburn.edu

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