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New exhibit celebrating African hair styles opens at Center



Dr. Willie L. Morrow and Center board Pres. Karen Jobe stroll through the exhibit. Dr. Morrow’s extensive collection of old flattening irons and wooden combs make up part of the exhibit. Dr. Morrow dedicated his life to African American hair care and style through the creation of hair relaxers, chemical-free creams, the Jheri curl (a glossy, loosely curled look popular in the ‘80s), and the Afro pick comb.

Dr. Willie L. Morrow and Center board Pres. Karen Jobe stroll through the exhibit. Dr. Morrow’s extensive collection of old flattening irons and wooden combs make up part of the exhibit. Dr. Morrow dedicated his life to African American hair care and style through the creation of hair relaxers, chemical-free creams, the Jheri curl (a glossy, loosely curled look popular in the ‘80s), and the Afro pick comb.

“The History and the Hair Story: 400 Years Without A Comb” opened recently at the California Center for the Arts as part of Black History month. The

 

 

exhibit ex­amines 400 years of changing hairstyles, and corresponding historical and politi­cal climates that led to them. The exhibit follows hair trends from Africa, into the slave
 

 

trade, through the civil rights move­ment, and to modern times.

The exhibit will run through March 6.

The Center is located at 340 N. Es­condido Blvd. in Escondido. The

RIGHT: Jerry Van Leeuwen, executive director of the Center, next to one of his favorite pieces in the exhibit. Friday he marveled that the exhibit had brought out one of the largest groups of attendees for an opening night reception that he could remember.

RIGHT: Jerry Van Leeuwen, executive director of the Center, next to one of his favorite pieces in the exhibit. Friday he marveled that the exhibit had brought out one of the largest groups of attendees for an opening night reception that he could remember.

Ticket Office can be reached at (800) 988-4253. Tickets can also be purchased online. To learn more, including performance dates, times and ticket information, visit artcen­ter.org.






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