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Wallace stepped back onto the curb. At the bus stop with her were some 15 other people, and together they waited for the bus that would take them down North Avenue, toward the city’s west side.

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Wallace recently showcased her work in an exhibit titled « What We Learn While Waiting » at the Eubie Blake Cultural Center as part of the Red Bull Amaphiko Academy, a 10 day incubator program for social entrepreneurs.

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Canada Goose Parka « I see through a lens, and I see things that I don’t see with my eyes, » Wallace said. « The camera is my third eye. » Canada Goose Parka

And with that third eye, she hopes to illuminate the questions that race through her mind when she waits for the bus.

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buy canada goose jacket Tied up in a simple bus ride and in the mundane act of sitting on a bench, waiting for a bus, Wallace said, are deeper canada goose outlet price questions of socioeconomic status, class and race. buy canada goose jacket

« I think about the circumstances of everybody, but also where all those circumstances are rooted, » she said.

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« Not everyone can read a 1,200 page book, » Wallace said. « But everyone can look at a picture and ask questions. »

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buy canada goose jacket cheap Behind the humble bus is a long and complex history, closely intertwined with race and civil rights: Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott of the mid 1950s; the Freedom Riders of the 1960s; Boston’s busing crisis of the mid 1970s, when a court ordered that kids be bused across town to desegregate schools. buy canada goose jacket cheap

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And perhaps nowhere can the ties between transportation and racial and economic inequality be seen more clearly than in Baltimore.

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