Songs of My People 25 Years Later

No one picture tells the whole story.
Each photograph is a beat in the rhythm on a song yet unfinished.

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.

Original Book Cover, 1992

Now, 25 years later, with the second term of the first African American President ending, what changes have been made and what issues remain?

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?

Ruddy Roye
D. Michael Cheers

Photographers

Nana Agyemang

Reese Bland

Kwasi Boyd-Bouldin

D. Michael Cheers

Imani M. Cheers

Reginald Cunningham

Katina Douglas

Zinhle Essamauh

Monique Gamble

Crystal Holmes

Njaimeh Njie

Quam Odunsi

Quinton Pete

Ruddy Roye

Jamel Shabazz

Aaron Turner

Deborah Willis

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Gallery 102

801 22nd ST NW Washington DC 20052
February 6 - March 3, 2017

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