In the lead-up to the th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote, images from the Suffrage March on Washington, DC. Yet photographs do not tell the entire story. While African American women participated in the march, they are almost entirely absent from event photographs.
She says she has never been made to feel different in the club. Pam Nyandeni always makes an entrance. Wearing all black, her leather jacket emblazoned with badges and her name spelled out across the back, she cuts a striking image.
Mary Bibb was born in Rhode Island around as the daughter of free black Quakers. After becoming one of the first black woman teachers in North America, she involved herself in the anti-slavery movement. Upon relocating, she and her husband began housing fugitive slaves in their home.
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Taken by Louis Draper, who had a keen sense of light and shadow, the photograph shows an older black woman standing on a busy Harlem street corner. In the crowd, her face is finely in focus. She is tired, gazing off into the distance, as she waits, with serious dignity and grace.
What started out as a relaxing day at a Pennsylvania golf course turned into an ugly confrontation between the white men who run the club and five black women who were playing there. It had echoes of other recent incidents, at a Starbucks in Philadelphia and a Waffle House in Alabamain which black customers found themselves in racially charged disputes. Once again, the police were summoned. Once again, a video spread widely on social media and drew national attention.
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