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The print looks back on the long history of Black enslavement and treatment as property and market- place commodity. It, in addition, looks forward to a present and future in which sports and entertainment may continue that sense of Black bodies and minds being “owned.”
Paul Keene’s print suggests connecting various extended family members with community-wide struggles and the promise of the future. “The phrase ‘Final Notice’ is not to signify an end of past hardship, but to proclaim and offer a challenge for a new beginning that will break old cycles.”
The connection between this couple, the idea of choosing who to love, the institution of marriage, and a family construct was rarely afforded slaves as their own choice. This print explores the connection/disconnection between the institutions of slavery, marriage, and family at different times among Blacks in United
This abstracted image of a Black youth is from the artist’s Urban Warriors series. This young man shows confidence and determination as he confronts the many challenges coming his way, including the anger that society has placed on him due to racism and social injustice.