This portfolio of image and text compositions is inspired by the backstories, the lore and legends of Bronzeville. The received wisdoms, passed down through generations. Eavesdropping on the grownups around the kitchen table at night. “The Legend of Big Boy”, and exploits of the Buffalo Soldiers in the Spanish-American War, as told by my great grandfather to his grandchildren. Also research in African American press archives, and memories real and imagined.
The intention that guides this work is the desire to give visage and voice to my antecedents, the creators of The Black Metropolis, who were compelled and inspired by the Great Migration, yet persevered in spite of The Great Depression and Jim Crow Segregation, and the artists of The Chicago Renaissance, whose visions and creations have influenced generations of artists in all fields.