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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Black is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite

June 27 – Sept 19, 2021
200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78712, United States

It’s not every day that activists on the front lines of change are also the ones documenting that change. Promoting black nationalist beauty principles, Kwame Brathwaite, an activist and photographer, was not only a major voice in the 1960s Black is Beautiful movement, he simultaneously immortalized it with his lens. —J.V.

Grandassa Model on car during Marcus Garvey Day celebration, Harlem, ca. 1968; photograph by Kwame Brathwaite; courtesy of the artist and Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles.