From the Artist:
This print celebrates the historic election of Barack Obama in 2008 as president of the United States and traces the legacy created by others and their work in advancing the African American community in the U.S. Two -hundred years since the Slave Act of 1808, originally placed in the constitution as a 20- year wait period before the presence of Afrcan slaves would be acknowledged in the U.S.
In order to get slave states' approval of the constitution, it was agreed that in 1808, the U.S. would no longer accept slaves directly "imported" from Africa, causing slave ships to subvert this law by changing their manifest to suggest slaves (their cargos) were imported from the Caribbean after a stop-over for this purpose in countries such as Cuba.
Within the print image there's the iconic image of the slave ship where Africans were packed in to maximize cargo hold capacity. Martin Luther King Dream and Obama's legacy of Hope were possible because of the triumphs of those who came before them in the struggle for civil rights and social justice such as key orators, writers-authors, academics, community leaders and politicians
Philadelphian printmaker Allan Edmunds earned his BFA and MFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University and also studied at the Cardiff Art School in Wales. He taught in the Philadelphia School district for several years and was a Visiting Pro...Read More