Songs of My People: 25 Years Later
December 8, 2017 – January 12, 2018
Opening Reception: December 9, 2017, 3pm
Curator’s Talk with Dr. Imani Cheers: Saturday, December 9, 4pm
Friday December 8, 10am to 4pm
Saturday December 9, 12pm to 6pm
Show is closed from December 24 to December 31
In 1992 the groundbreaking photo documentary project Songs of My People debuted to critical acclaim. Fifty African American photographers collaborated to document life in Black America. These visual storytellers embarked on assignments to more accurately, document pertinent issues such as police brutality, unemployment, poverty, income inequality, and homelessness.
How far has Black America come since the early 1990s? What challenges still plague our communities? Who are the emerging leaders on the front line for social change, the 21st Century Drum Majors for Justice, Equality and real Change? Who are the every day, ordinary people doing extraordinary things in the Black community? How can we continue to progress?
Songs of My People: 25 Years Later shares the visions of eighteen contemporary photographers who address these issues in their work, including Jamel Shabazz, L. Kasimu Harris, D. Michael Cheers, Deborah Willis, and Ruddy Roye.
The Dillard University Art Gallery is located in the Cook Communications Center, Room 106.