“The one thing I think that must be guarded against … in our efforts to create a black image and to assert our quality, our character, our blackness, our beauty, and all that, the art form must remain one of high level. I think of Ralph Ellison who always said, ‘I want to be the right arm, the themes of my people, but I want to be a great writer regardless.’”—
Artist Hale Woodruff bolsters his argument with a quote from Ralph Ellison, who would have turned 100 today.
“The photographs that I made [in Chicago] … were things that I was trying to express in a social conscious way. I’d become sort of involved in things that were happening to people. No matter what color they be, whether they be Indians, or Negroes, the poor white person or anyone who was I thought more or less getting a bad shake. I, you know, thought I had the instinct toward championing the cause.”—Oral history interview with Gordon Parks, 1964 Dec. 30 (via archivesofamericanart)
“I want you. I want your sleepy confused look when you wake up, and the smile that follows. I want to be the warmth that fills the space in your bed. I don’t want to share you.”—Unknown (via deprincession)