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This collage series incorporates archival facsimiles of photographs compiled by W.E.B. Du Bois. The series, called the “American Negro” is a collection of photos of affluent young African Americans that was exhibited at the 1900 Paris Exposition. Du Bois’ goal was to fight the stereotypical notion of that the Negro was of a singular “type”. In other words, he was showing that Black folks have risen from slavery and are achieving economically, socially, and culturally. In addition to the vintage photographs, the artist embeds phrases and text from Maya Angelou’s 1978 poem, “Still I Rise”.
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