DR. DANA CHANDLER
Dr. Dana C. Chandler, Jr., hosts "Blues Nation" on KGLP each Wednesday from Noon until 2 pm, has been fighting for social justice and human rights since his teens using his most powerful tool--his art. Educated in Boston schools and the prestigious Massachusetts College of Art, Dr. Chandler taught there and at several universities including Simmons College in Boston, where he retired from his full tenured professorship in May, 2004.
Witness to many protests and violent encounters with the establishment during the 60's, Chandler's art, not violence, sit-ins or eloquent speeches, became his form of protest. Out of that determination came such seminal works as "Fred Hampton’s Door 2", a protest piece created from an actual door and representing the bullet riddled, blood stained bedroom door police shot through during their brutal police massacre of the sleeping,18 year old Black Panther, Fred Hampton, and "Black Man Break Free…", the sinewy, ebony, clenched-fisted black arm breaking through the white egg of racist oppression.
After graduating from MCA, the Chandler had worked as an instructor in the Model Cities Program consortium colleges in Boston for several years while continuing his community activism, lecturing and exhibiting nationally, and continuing to produce multiple pieces of protest art as well as art that celebrated and supported the African American experience in America.
Dr. Chandler has been featured in national magazines including "Time", "Jet", "Newsweek" and "Encore", and his work has been featured in many galleries, over 40 books, and numerous consumer and scholarly articles internationally. He was named the Boston NAACP’s Man of the Year.