The word “Black” now is synonymous with “Vanishing”. According to the 2010 census, the African American population in San Francisco has declined to 3.9%, in a city that has always considered its cultural diversity as one of its strengths. Where once stood a people who were vibrant, productive, and an integral part of the City’s daily life, African Americans are on the verge of dissident status.
This collective created by San Francisco artists Nancy Cato, Rodney Ewing, Sirron Norris, William Rhodes, and Ron Moultrie Saunders have adopted this statistic and forged a banner of support and resistance. Their work represents their creative contribution to the African American existence, enriching the greater San Francisco artistic community with their narratives and perspectives born from being members of a diaspora community. The work may not stem on the side of exodus, but to paraphrase the poet Dylan Thomas:
“We will not go quietly into that good night.”