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'Lift Every Voice' by Malaika Favorite

Artist and poet Malaika Favorite will be featured in a new exhibit that opens Feb. 22 at the Louisiana State Archives.

Presented by Cultural Crossroads, Favorite’s art exhibition, “We The People,” will be on display at the archives, 3851 Essen Lane, until the end of February, according to a news release. The exhibition, done in honor of Black History Month, opens with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. The program starts at 7 p.m. and will include a brief conversation with the artist on her visual works and Favorite will do a reading from one of her literary works.

Favorite received her bachelor and master's degrees in fine arts from LSU. The release says her art has been featured in "Art: African American" and "African American Art and Artist," both by Samella Lewis; "Black Art in Louisiana" by Bernardine B. Proctor and the "St. James Guide to Black Artists" by Thomas Riggs. Her works are in a number of collections including the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia; the Alexandria Museum of Art in Alexandria; The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta; Hartsfield Jackson International Airport in Atlanta; and The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Her publications include "Dreaming at the Manor" and "Illuminated Manuscript." She won the 2015 Broadside Lotus Press Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award for her collection of poems, "Ascension 2016." Her poetry, fiction and articles have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals.

Cultural Crossroads is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enabling a rich and diverse range of people to preserve, pass on and celebrate their cultural and artistic expression.