TIME latest cover by Atlanta-based artist Charly Palmer

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The Story Behind TIME’s ‘America Must Change’ Cover

“In my 60 years on this earth, so much has changed; however all too much has remained the same,” says Palmer, who was born in Fayette, Ala., and went on to study at the American Academy of Art and School of Art Institute in Chicago. “As a Black child of the mid-’60s, my parents did all they could to shield me from the horrors of racism, especially through the unconditional love and vigilant protection of my mother, Irma Walker. They shielded me from the worst of the hate the world had in store for people who look like me. Now, as a man, I am concerned for my own children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. I worry about the Black community as a whole.” Read more on TRENDLAND

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