They are world heroes; they are their country's heroes. They are our heroes regardless of race. From dignitaries to entertainers, photographing the world's greats is a privilege not taken lightly and an art mastered by few. The archive below is just a small sample of rich Black History through my lens.
To be in the presence of Archbishop Desmond Tutu was moving in itself. His normal conversation was soul-stirring. Capturing our Black Heroes is an honor. History documented, especially through photojournalism, cannot be erased, lost, or forgotten. When the souls of our warriors move on to their next assignment, photographic visuals keep their legacies in our recent memory.
At the Schomburg Center commemorating James Baldwin receiving his own US Postal Service First Class Stamp. $0.37. Maya Angelou, poetess and activist, is the first African American Woman to be featured on the U.S. quarter dollar.
My personal hero; my son
(L to R) Pauletta Washington, Ruby Dee, Indira Nooyi
(L to R) Dick Gregory, Cornell West
(L to R) Denzel and Pauletta Washington
Professor Dyson, Keynote Speaker at the Diversity, Inc. Gala.
(L to R) Cornell West, Rev. Al Sharpton
L to R (David Dinkins, Susan Taylor)
Pauletta Washington, Cicely Tyson, Ruby Dee
Gordon Parks. The photo on the right at the Studio Museum of Harlem was taken on his 90th birthday.
Ossie Davis and Gordon Parks on the set of Unstoppable
The last remaining six of the first twelve Black Executives hired by major corporations in the history of the U.S. PepsiCo.