We’re concluding our eight week retrospect on Maurice Berger’s Race Stories by revisiting "On the Streets of Harlem, a Sense of Erase and Replace.” This article features large-scale color photographs of Harlem by photographer Dawoud Bey, which address the gentrification and erasure of the mecca of Black heritage and history. The photographs expose the unsettling juxtaposition of fading Black cultural hotspots with the colonialist connotations of the white tourist.
Thank you for joining us for the past eight weeks to reflect on Black American history and culture, as well as to commemorate Maurice Berger’s contributions to and research on Black narratives. We encourage you to continue to revisit the remaining essays in Race Stories that are archived on our website (https://cadvc.umbc.edu/race-stories-essays/).
While this eight week retrospect has come to an end, our dedication to Black artists, voices, and communities has not.
We look forward to seeing you this fall at our upcoming exhibition, Southern Rites, that features the work of photographer, Gillian Laub and looks at one community’s struggle to confront longstanding issues of race and equality in Montgomery County, Georgia.