Artwork by Kenneth Key

I had just finished the touches on this three-panel picture before COVID-19. I was searching for a title. 

With all the killings of Black youth in our city and others across the U.S., it has kindled a fire in the streets all over the country that gets bigger and bigger. That was when “So Shall it be Titled by You” came to be.

This work is about defunding the police, accountability, equal protection under the law, and justice for all families who have lost loved ones unjustly. 

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Kenneth M. Key

Kenneth M. Key is a writer and contributing artist incarcerated at Stateville Correctional Center in Illinois. He was born and raised in South Shore, on Chicago’s Southwest Side. He says he loved to draw as a kid, and he hopes to generate change as an artist, writer, and occasional poet while he is incarcerated.