REPRESENTING THE SORROW of generations, Titus Kaphar painted a black mother for the cover of Time magazine. Her eyes are closed in anguish. She holds her young son, but he is not there. The artist has cut the child from the canvas. All that remains is an empty silhouette.

“In her expression, I see the Black mothers who are unseen, and rendered helpless in this fury against their babies,” Kaphar says.

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