Photograph by
Dr. Simmons, Ron, American, 1950 - 2020
Subject of
Smith, Barbara, American, born 1946
reversal film and plastic
H x W: 2 × 2 in. (5.1 × 5.1 cm)
A color photographic slide featuring activist Barbara Smith with a group of people. She is holding a folded yellow banner and wears three buttons on her red blouse. The button closest to her left arm has two parallel white stripes. The top stripe is interrupted by overlapping Mars symbols and the bottom stripe is interrupted by overlapping Venus symbols. The button in the middle is white with the words [Revolutionary sisters of color] written in the middle in pink ink. The third button, which is closest to her right shoulder, is rectangular with a black background and white words and drawings. The word [BLACK] is written at the top of the button and faces are drawn in white ink below, occupying most of the button. Below the drawings, [LESBIANS & GAYS] is printed and the words [PRIDE DAY 93] are at the bottom. Thus, the entire pin reads [BLACK LESBIANS AND GAYS PRIDE DAY 93]. Behind and to her proper right is a crowd of people. In the background over her proper left shoulder is a blue and white placard reading [End Discrimination! LIFT THE MILITARY BAN].
The number [34] is printed in black ink on the top left corner of the front of the gray encasement that houses the slide. On the back of the encasement, [7] is written in what appears to be graphite.
Place depicted
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Collection title
The Ron Simmons Photography Collection
Media Arts-Photography
Archival Collections
color slides
Civil rights
U.S. History, 1969-2001
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Ron Simmons
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© Ron Simmons
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