Halifax County man uses art as a tool to teach compassion

Black History Month

HALIFAX COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Carlos Walker is a Halifax County native who uses his art to challenge those to see history from a different perspective.

Walker started drawing at the age of 8.

Then, when he turned 16, Walker says his art took a pause when he started selling drugs. By age 24, he was incarcerated and spent 13 years in prison.

While incarcerated, Walker started working with pastels and dedicated his time to his art, curating five exhibits and even writing a book called “What If” based on his art.

Both Walker’s art and book take people on a journey of what it would be like to be an African American from the Jim Crow era to the present. They also focusing on a swapping gender roles to help people gain a different perspective.

“African Americans get looked at less than in this country. Women get looked at as less than in this country,” said Walker. “So, if you gain the perspective for someone, I believe this world will be a lot better.”

Walker’s book, “What If,” can be purchased from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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