This mixed media artwork by Jeff Donaldson shows the Wives of Sango. Three women are visible in the painting. The woman in the center is facing outward dressed in white. The other two women are in 3/4 profile facing either side of the frame. The woman on the left is dressed in shades of red and pink with a silver-colored diamond patterned neckline with small cutouts. The woman on the right is wearing a headband and is dressed in shades of green and yellow. All three women have gold- and silver-colored foil accents and are wearing weaponry including knives and ammunition belts. At the bottom in silver-colored foil is text that reads [OYA · OSUN / AND OBA WIVES OF SANGO]. At the center bottom is a double headed axe symbol. The artist signed the work at the bottom. The artwork is floating in a white frame.
This mixed media work is Jeff Donaldson's interpretation of a photograph taken of the 1970 Marin County courthouse incident. The original newspaper photograph and caption can be seen in the center of the image. The figure on the left in the artwork has his left hand outstretched and the source image in the palm of his hand. In the original photograph, the man on the left is James McClain. In both images, he is holding a gun in his right hand at eye level pointed toward the figure on the right. Unlike McClain in the newspaper photograph, the man in the painting is wearing a black and white horizontally striped shirt with white numbers, , on a black strip reminiscent of prison clothing. He is also wearing tan pants and a white jacket.
The figure on the right in the original image is California Superior Court Judge Harold Haley dressed in black court dress robes. In Donaldson's mixed media piece, the black robes are partially visible but Haley's figure has a skull in place of his head and is reaching toward the man on the left. The piece is multicolored. In the center is black text on a white background that reads [GLASS] and repeats [-SS] below. To the left of the skull is [A] in the stars and stripes pattern of the American flag. The artist signed the work at the bottom. The artwork is floating in a white frame.
This is a paperback volume of poetry with black cover and the word "RIOT" in red san-serif typeface within a white irregular circle. The name "GWENDOLYN BROOKS" in white serif typeface are centered in the middle of the cover. The words "BROADSIDE PRESS $1.00" are visible in the lower left corner. On the back cover is a large black and white photograph of the author that fills two-thirds of the surface. The photograph depicts a woman with short hair, wearing a button down collared shirt. There is a dark window behind her. The remaining third of the cover shows text that read "RIOT/ is a poem in three parts, only one part of / which has appeared in print before. It arises from/ the disturbances in Chicago after the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968. / RIOT, BY GWENDOLYN BROOKS, $1.00/ BROADSIDE PRESS/ 12651 Old Mill Place Detroit Michigan 48238." On the frontispiece is a reproduction of a painting by Jeff Donaldson. It depicts two young men, both wearing white shirts and khaki pants. The taller man holds a small African statue in his right hand and presses his left hand up against a clear sheet of glass the stands between the him and the viewer. The younger man stands behind him and also presses his hand against the glass surface. The glass is indicated by a few semi-transparent vertical lines and several iterations of the word "glass" in various sizes across the surface of the painting. Beneath the image are the words ""Allah Shango," by Jeff Donaldson / This painting was the Purchase Award Winner at the exhibit "Black/ Expressions '69" at the Southside Community Art Center, Chicago."