Through powerful visuals and storytelling, our newest photo exhibit features the ethnic, generational, and geographic diversity of both blood and chosen families from throughout Georgia to depict their lived realities. The message for legislators is that there is no typical American family and policies must reflect the state’s diversity.

In partnership with Feminist Women’s Health Center, Racial Justice Action Center and SPARK Reproductive Justice Now we are urging legislators to sign on to the Strong Families Resolution (HR 746) which highlights urgent issues affecting all families and commits legislators to doing something about them. 


2014 Winner of the One Region Atlanta IDEAS Challenge (Inaugural Exhibit)


12 Atlanta-Area families share stories of Faith and Hope, Challenge and Courage in this new exhibit that offers a 'fresh new look at family'.  Speaking from their own unique perspectives about:

 transracial adoption,  raising other-abled children, same gender loving partnerships, inter-racial marriage, incarceration, single-parenthood, international adoption, as well as Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and agnostic world views, 

these families challenge the notion of what the Typical American Family is.  At the same time this exhibit serves as an invitation to new discoveries about not only the beauty of the spectrum of diversity but the amazing similarities that can be found among difference. 

Exhibit Display Formats

Ready to Hang or Professional Easels May be Provided

  • 16x24 Metal Prints - Float Mounted (Aluminum)

  • 20x30 Photo Prints - Flush Mounted (Gator Board)


The creators of Typical American Families, Carlton Mackey and Ross Oscar Knight, are passionate about this project and in addition to installing a display would love to provide consultation, lead workshops, and speak at diversity events in conjunction with an exhibit showing. The two can also work directly with students, faculty, congregations, non-profits to help create projects of their own in conjunction with Typical American Families and its overarching BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADEplatform


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Typical American Families Exhibit currently on display at the Emory University Center for Ethics

Typical American Families Exhibit currently on display at the Emory University Center for Ethics