This limited edition is the artwork from the book cover Divine Consciousness: From a Dystopian Diaspora to Afrofuturism (without the text). The main image is from the original piece, AI v. 1 (Gen 1) which is the first in my AI Series of Afrofuturism. The background is a digital collage from past to present of the diaspora in a dystopian state. This limited edition of 15 is available as an NFT, as well as a physical limited edition. The physical print is 36H x 24W (in), numbered and dated by the Kamal Al Mansour, and available as a limited edition (150 prints with text and 100 prints without text).
Pride and Purpose (© 2022) is a limited edition based on the boy face created for Kamal Al Mansour’s first assemblage series, Portals. The face has been repurposed for this powerful and meaningful limited edition of 20 NFTs, with physical limited editions available. The physical print is 40H x 33W (in), numbered and dated by the Kamal Al Mansour, and available as a limited edition of 50 prints.
Born January 26, 1944, in Birmingham, Alabama, Angela Yvonne Davis is a women's rights activist and professor of feminist studies at UC Santa Cruz. In 1969, she received national attention when she was removed from her teaching position in the Philosophy Dept. at UCLA due to her social activism and membership in Communist Party, USA. In 1970 she was placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List on false charges and was the subject of an intense police search driving her underground, culminating in one of the most famous trials in US history. A massive global "Free Angela Davis" campaign was organized during her 16-month incarceration. She was acquitted in 1972.
Marcus Mosiah Garvey, born August 17, 1887 in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica, died on June 10, 1940 in West Kensington, London. Garvey was a political activist, publisher (Negro World newspaper), journalist, entrepreneur and orator. He was the founder (1914) of the UNIA (Universal Negro Improvement Association) which stressed Black pride, racial unity among African Americans, and the necessity to redeem Africa from white colonial rule. Garvey is widely revered as the leader of the Pan-Africanism movement and a pioneering Black nationalist.
Harriet Tubman, born enslaved as Araminta Ross in 1822 in Dorchester County, Maryland, died March 10, 1913, in Auburn, New York. Known as Minty and as Moses or Black Moses, she escaped her enslavement but freed nearly 70 enslaved Africans, including her family. Tubman used a network of anti-slavery activists/abolitionists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She is often quoted as saying, “Be free or die” to both family and friends who sought to remain enslaved and who might jeopardize her nearly 15 missions.
Patrice Émery Lumumba, born July 2, 1925 in Katakokombe, Democratic Republic of the Congo and assassinated January 17, 1961 in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lumumba was the first prime minister of the independent Democratic Republic of the Congo from June 1960 until September of the same year. He was instrumental in the transformation of the Congo from a colony of Belgium. Capitalist-Communist politics between the U.S. and Russia led to his assassination.
Fannie Lou Hamer, born October 6, 1917, in Montgomery County, Mississippi, died of breast cancer on March 14, 1977, in Mound Bayou, Mississippi. Fannie Lou, best known for her quote, "I'm sick and tired of being tired," was a voting and women's rights activist, community organizer, and civil rights leader. She was the founder and vice-chair of the Freedom Democratic Party, which she represented at the 1964 Democratic National Convention. Fannie Lou's speech at the DNC was one of the more powerful speeches by an African American to the nation.
Bantu Stephen Biko, born December 18, 1946 in Tarkastad, South Africa and assassinated September 12, 1977 in Pretoria, South Africa. Biko was an African nationalist who was at the forefront of the grassroots anti-apartheid campaign. Biko was a seminal part of the Black Consciousness Movement during the second half of the 1960s through the 1970s.
Born enslaved in 1797 as Isabella Baumfree in Dutch-speaking Ulster County, New York, Sojourner Truth died on November 26, 1883, in Battle Creek, Michigan. Truth, who became an American abolitionist and orator of women’s rights, escaped her enslavement in 1826 with her infant daughter. In 1828, she became the first Black woman to regain custody in court, of her child (son) against a white enslaver. Truth delivered her famous speech “Ain’t I a Woman?” in 1851 in Akron, Ohio.
Dedan Kimathi Waciuri, born Kimathi wa Waciuri on October 31, 1920 in Nyeri County, Kenya was executed by hanging on February 18, 1957. The leader of the Kenya Land and Freedom Army, Kimathi is known for his Mau Mau rebellion against white British colonial rule in Kenya.