Leon Kennedy is active/lives in California. Leon Kennedy is known for mixed media outsider art, found objects, visions and portrait painting.
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Biography Leon Kennedy
The following is from Street Spirit, a publication of the American Friends Committee
by Terry Messman, April 6 2014
Oakland artist Leon Kennedy’s iconic painting of Rosa Parks captures the historic legacy of the civil rights movement by depicting the courageous spirit of one woman who took a stand for an entire people.
Kennedy is a visionary folk artist who lives in Oakland now, but he was born in the South in 1945, 10 years before Rosa Parks was arrested for civil disobedience in Montgomery, Alabama, on December 1, 1955, after refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger.
“If kids want to know about their history, they need to know about Rosa Parks,” Kennedy said in a recent interview while disc
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