POTTSTOWN PA – Author Ralph E. Godbolt, a professor in the Graduate School of Public Administration at Cheyney University, will sign copies of his book, “Kickin the Ballistics: Reflections on the Hip Hop Generation, Poverty and Power,” Oct. 20 (Saturday) from 7-9 p.m. at ArtFusion 19464, the non-profit community art school and gallery on High Street in downtown Pottstown.
The signing – and an accompanying discussion by Godbolt on the realities of urban violence, the high school dropout crisis, misogyny, the war on drugs, sexual orientation, hopelessness and the Hip Hop Generation in the aftermath of the American Civil Rights Movement – occurs in conjunction with ArtFusion’s latest exhibit, titled “Threads of Story: Continued.” It features portraits of people arrested during the bonus boycotts and Freedom Rider protests.
Godbolt is considered by some as an expert on the sociology of the Hip Hop Generation. His book explains how Hip Hop culture and rap music is used by young urban Americans to communicate both their deep despair and enduring faith.
Godbolt uses Hip Hop as a method to reach, teach and inspire youth. To that end, his appearance at ArtFusion is expected to involve a combination of poetry, Hip Hop music, lecture, excerpts from the book and audience interaction.
The former Gallery School of Pottstown officially became ArtFusion 19464 on Sept. 1 (2012). Its new name, its administration says, “reflects a passion for creating community bonds through the arts as well as the coming together of the organization’s old identities.”
Photo from ArtFusion 19464