Some children from Mary Mitchell at Fordham University. Even though the university sits in their neighborhood, most at this young age, never heard of it or witnessed it.
Walking through the campus was fun for them but also forced them to look at themselves and their surroundings in a different way.
The younger ones were interested in the buildings….wondering if they were among castles.
The older ones walked with caution and introspection.
While never addressing race or opportunity, the subject was thick in the air between us. While going other places in their community, (like the park or grocery store) they would wander off without question, here they stuck together and whispered about what they saw and heard.
Taken in the Bronx at Boone Ave during a graffiti celebration
Souls, the graffiti artist, stopped painting to help them decipher letters and pictures in the work. S was the hardest letter for them to see.
My students made their own versions of the African American Flag after an art lesson on David Hammons.
I had the flags sitting in my apartment and finally placed them throughout my building.