"The Call"

2019

Single Channel Video

Duration: 90 second excerpt of 17 minute video


This project documents video performances by descendants of prominent civil rights activists across the United States. Pictured here is Melani Douglass and Asherah Douglass (descendants of abolitionist Frederick Douglass), Ayanna Gregory (daughter of activist Dick Gregory), and Paula Whaley (sister of James Baldwin), in Paula Whaley’s home in Baltimore, MD, and at Fells Point in Baltimore, a historic slave port. Through a mixture of spoken word, song, and sculptural work, the descendants gathered as a “call to action” for social solidarity and strength during our current political times marked by an awakening of the historical racial and sexual violence against black bodies.