In today’s society, the term “woke” is often regarded as a term of endearment to individuals that are extremely honest and vocal about the world’s atrocities that occur as they happen. It isn't often that we mention actual artists of that same caliber. One of the hidden trail-blazers that utilizes the term artistically is Ethiopian-American artist, Julie Mehretu. Mehretu is from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She migrated with her parents to Michigan in 1977.