Morgan DeLuna

WE WALK TALL

Immediately following the results of the November 8th, 2016, the United States presidential election, the country that I was born and raised in, began experiencing dramatic social upheaval. Threats to women’s rights and an onslaught of hate crimes left me, a woman of color, scared and uneasy about living in this country.

Over the next seven days: a conversation regarding these concerns with a friend who is also a women of color, a timely radio airing of “Walk Tall” by Cannonball Adderley featuring Jesse Jackson, and a dinner party with friends who took solace in the fact that “at least (they) were white” made me realize that I must not let fear keep me silent. Women of color need to be seen, heard, and not shy away in these turbulent times.


These photographic portraits are meant to reference the strength of pose, lighting, and color palette often used in 19th-century presidential portraits. The surnames and prefixes as to what "type" of American these women are have been removed to represent ethnic neutrality. The American flag that each of these women is wrapped in is the burial flag my Jewish American grandfather was honored with for his service during World War II fighting for freedom and equality.

This series is to celebrate and honor a new generation of American women of color who are proud, want their voices heard, and choose to WALK TALL.

Mina-American

Sarean-American

Laura-American

Morgan-American

Katie-American


Claudia-American

Elizabeth-American

Shanon-American

Patrice-American

Idmantzi-American

Idelle-American

Rebecca-American

Lina-American

Olivia-American

Cassandra-American

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