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Northwood alumnus featured in special exhibition at Flint Institute of Arts

January 27, 2022

Northwood University Alumnus Glenn Wilson joins a prestigious list of accomplished men featured by the Flint Institute of Arts in a special exhibit, Sons: Seeing the Modern African Male.

The exhibit features black-and-white and color photographs by Jerry Taliaferro of 49 men from the Flint community. This exhibition is much more than a photographic study, as it also aims to explore perceptions and biases.

“Recent events point to the urgent need for conversations about the contemporary Black American male,” Taliaferro stated. “Any effort, however humble, to foster an understanding of this largely misunderstood and often marginalized segment of the American population is of utmost importance.” 

Wilson currently is president and CEO of Communities First, Inc., a Flint-based but regional nonprofit community development corporation. Considered one of the fastest-growing organizations in Michigan and the Midwest, Communities First serves over 35,000 people through three pillars: Equitable Real Estate Development, Economic Mobility, and Engaged Communities.

A business administration graduate from Northwood University, Wilson is an award‐winning, problem‐solving, service‐focused entrepreneur, convener, DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) interpreter, climate change advocate, and visionary leader, with experience in directing nonprofit and for‐profit enterprises and effecting change through service on boards of directors and advisory committees.

You can listen to Wilson’s story online.

The Sons: Seeing the Modern African American Male exhibit will be open through April 16, 2022, at the Flint Institute of Arts, 1120 East Kearsley St., Flint.

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