Warrior/Peacemaker: A Graphic Novel preview

By Guest Contributor

Julian Voloj’s WARRIOR/PEACEMAKER is a work-in-progress graphic novel with illustrations by Claudia Ahlering. Based on interviews with former activists, Julian Voloj tells the story of the 1971 Hoe Avenue Peace meeting; a gang truce that led to the birth of breakdancing, graffiti, and hip-hop. The central figure of this graphic novel is Benjamin Melendez, the charismatic founder of the Ghetto Brothers, who shortly after the peace summit discovered and reclaimed his Jewish roots. “Warrior/Peacemaker” is not only a story about gangs in New York, but, in retracing Melendez’s life story, it’s also a tale about the Puerto Rican migration to the US, a history of economic decline in the South Bronx, and a coming-of-age story about a young man struggling with his many identities.

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The Jewish Art Salon, the Kraft Center, JWalks and Be’chol Lashon present:
Julian Voloj’s “Warrior/Peacemaker: A Graphic Novel”
with illustrations by Claudia Ahlering
Curated by Yona Verwer, organized by the Jewish Art Salon.
Contact: Yona Verwer jewishartsalon@gmail.com  917-447-8567

Location: The Columbia / Barnard Kraft Center, 606 West 115th Street, New York, NY 10025
Date: Tuesday March 12, 2013
6-8 PM Opening Reception,
7 pm Q & A with Benjamin Melendez and Julian Voloj, moderated by Lacey Schwartz, NY Director of Bechol Lashon
Exhibit Hours: March 5 – March 20, Monday – Thursday 9-5, Friday 9-1