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Comic Books Unmasked: A look at race

EXPLORE stereotypes as portrayed in the world of comic books.

MEET dynamic superheroes who challenge the forces of ignorance and promote understanding.

PICTURE your own superhero who fights prejudice and imagine scenarios where you can be the superhero.

ENJOY a rare collection of comic books and memorabilia that reflect changing perspectives on race in America.

What is the connection between comic books and the prolific author Pearl S. Buck, who penned more than 1000 publications? Buck was on the editorial board of DC Comics and also wrote for Real Facts Comics, published between 1946 and 1949 to promote education through comics.  DC Comics, in cooperation with The East and West Association, published Issue 17 with a Johnny Everyman story in Spring, 1945.  The East and West Foundation was founded by Pearl Buck and her husband Richard Walsh during World War II to help Americans and Allied forces understand Chinese and Indian cultures. Through this organization, Buck led the charge against colonialism and racism in Asia and in the United States during World War II.

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Delaware Valley University Superheros enjoy a trip to the exhibit!


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