|A Few Brief Thoughts on a Hauntingly Beautiful Angela Davis Portrait
||[Jan. 23rd, 2007|05:04 pm]
School continues to move along. My current reading load is keeping me from writing extended posts as often as I would like, but I will, however, continue to post interesting pictures, videos, quotes, and thoughts on a daily to semi-daily basis.|
Last semester, in my African American Lit. seminar, we ended up reading a handful of essays by Angela Davis (most of which were from the 1970s). There are a number of striking photographic portraits of Davis that were taken during this period. Her work during this era is focused on the "prison industrial complex" in the United States and is well worth your time.
Her recent book Women, Race, and Class is also a great read. The book is an attack on the failed promises of the women's movement and that ways in which this movement excluded and continues to exclude minorities, while privileging white, middle class women.
Davis really exudes an aura of empowerment and drive, both in her eyes and her look. Whenever I think about her, the above portrait immediately comes to mind. In this portrait, her afro is reminiscent of the pan-african movement of this period and her eyes convey a quiet and focused toughness, but also compassion.
ONE FOOTNOTE: If you are ever passing through DC, I highly recommend you visit the National Portrait Gallery in Chinatown. The original copy of this Davis portrait, and others, are on display year round.