Back To school, 2014
Denim + Digital print kona cotton
Shown at contemporary reflections: Brown V. board of education after sixty years at mulvane Art Museum At washburn university
13 families were represented in the Brown vs. Board of Education case. This was an important milestone for African-Americans as a community, the American judicial system and most importantly the children involved.
In my contemporary reflection of the cultural phenomenon, I wanted to approach the event from a child-like perspective and interpret that into a piece. I'm positive that Linda Brown did not expect to be the poster child of black youth America, but her and her family's willingness to pioneer a movement broke down many barriers for black children's place in the American education system.
I created 13 backpacks to represent each family involved. Each backpack features a hand drawn/digital pattern that depicts key points of Linda Brown's story and the case. Growing up, the 1st day of school was always important. There was nothing more exciting than getting a new backpack and supplies to start the year. Instead of a new backpack to start their year, these children were faced with uncertainty. This piece represents the new found energy that the case and everyone involved pumped into American history.