Signs of the time

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2 images
Photograph by
Shabazz, Jamel, American, born 1960
Subject of
Unidentified Man or Men
Printed by
Sunshine Color Lab, American
dye and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 9 3/16 × 13 11/16 in. (23.3 × 34.8 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 11 × 14 in. (27.9 × 35.6 cm)
chromogenic color prints
digital prints
Place depicted
Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
1981; printed 2010
This color photograph shows a young man in a red jacket and pants, standing in front of a brick wall with signs on it in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York in 1981. Two of the green signs are titled: [Reaganism: Black Genocide]. They advertise African Liberation Day 1982 and contain three black and white images. Additional text reads: [We want self-determination and equal rights for black people from the U.S. to South Africa. We have no recourse but to take our struggle to the world’s people. March to the United Nations May 22nd. Meet 11 am at 125th St. & 2nd Ave. March 1 pm to UN Plaza]. The sign on the bottom advertises a boxing match and reads: The Leonard-Hearns Showdown. The back of the photograph is inscribed with the title and photographer Jamel Shabazz’s signature.
African American
Politics (Practical)
Race relations
Urban life
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Jamel Shabazz
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© Jamel Shabazz
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
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Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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