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I cried today

I thought of the elders who fought during the Civil Rights Era

Imagine their trauma

I thought of my parents, young people who endure the Jim Crow era

Imagine their trauma

I thought of the young visionaries who are fighting the same injustices today

Imagine their trauma

I thought of my ancestors, who were forced to come to a country to be sold as property

Imagine their trauma

I cry today because we lost a spirit who continue to fight the good fight

Imagine his trauma

He now knows what liberation looks like

I cried today

-Sheila Pree Bright



Click here for #1960Now  installation at Riverside Art Museum, CA until March 2021

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The fight for equality continues from 1960 to now. Combining portraits of past and present social justice activists with documentary images from recent protests throughout the United States, #1960Now sheds light on the parallels between the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and the Black Lives Matter movement of today.


Shelia Pree Bright's striking black-and-white photographs capture the courage and conviction of '60s elder statesmen and a new generation of activists, offering a powerful reminder that the fight for justice is far from over. #1960Now represents an important new contribution to American protest photography.

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Grillz is a body of photographic portraits of black males who wear their gold teeth as a connection to an African culture long past. Within the Hip Hop community, however, gold teeth have become signifiers of a lifestyle, status, or “manhood,” all questioning the notion of what is merely fashionable and what is culture.


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