Saturday, October 06, 2007

Wisdom and courage

Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely,
Community Mayor of Harlem
Taken in TriBeCa, Manhattan

In addition to Queen Mother Blakely's role as a mentor and community leader in Harlem, this wonderful woman also served as queen mother of the naming ceremony at the African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan, a national landmark and treasure discovered in 1991 during the construction of an office building. This land has since yielded thousands of remains of slaves and freed men and women of color and is a direct link to Manhattan's role as a slave center in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it ...


YourFireAnt said...

This is a wonderful portrait. Beautiful.


Michael said...

Thank you! She has a remarkable face, and a presence that's hard to describe.