Black In the Water - An Art Project Explores African-Americans’ Relationships with Water

Aug 6, 2018

Credit Courtesy of Lydia Hicks

Artist Lydia Hicks has always loved to swim. But when she was growing up, she was told that black people like herself can’t float because they have denser bones. She knew that wasn’t true. 

From "Black in the Water"
Credit Photo courtesy of Lydia Hicks

Using art to confront black stereotypes Lydia hopes to create positive experiences around water.

“Water is a healing element that has been systematically denied to the black community”, Hicks says.

You can see Lydia's installation here

This piece came to us through our production partners at Atlantic Public Media through their media training program, The Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole. Emmi is a recent graduate from the workshop - you can find out more about the program at

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