FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE

Digital Photomontage 

Shows:

PVAMU Annual Presidents Lecture Series "Hallowed Ground" Exhibit 2015

Community Artist Collection, Houston TX

Self Love Exhibit 2016

This photomontage pays homage to the first black people who opted to serve as the president of the US. In 1968 Shirley Chisolm became the first black woman elected to the United States Congress, and she represented New York's 12th congressional district for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. Four years later, she became the first major-party black candidate to make a bid for the U.S. presidency. We didn’t have a black president until 2009 when Barack Obama began his term as the 44th President of the United States. 

The view of Obama was actually a cut-out of a photograph taken by Lisa Jack in 1980, which happened to be during Shirley Chisolm's congressional term. In the montage, they are both seen on the back of a bus in front of the white house while a protest is underway.