I created the initial concept of this poster on the night of November 4th. Inspired by Barack Obama's victory and struck with a sense of awe when realizing the amount of hard fought progress that has been achieved in this country, I wanted to pay homage to this centuries long journey. The original graphic which can be seen here, became very popular and spread all over the internet. Many people loved it and ask me to make a print. While I initially created it rather spur of the moment and with no desire to sell it as a poster, the graphic needed to be completely overhauled in order to make it practical for printing. The original would have been 12 feet long. So I took the opportunity to really refine the design and create a lasting piece. There were also many additions to the time line that people suggested. This poster is not a tally of African-American achievements, rather it is a record of progress and setbacks. While Obama's election is not the endgame of equality, it is a magnificent example of what is truly possible. I hope you enjoy it and that it reminds you of the shoulders we all stand upon and the stained greatness of this nation and its people who have indeed, overcome.
This poster is available in three options. Two limited edition screen prints and one open edition offset. Here are some photos of the actual print.
16" x 46" 4 color silk screen on 100lb cover
16" x 46" color silk screen on 10lb cover
13.5" x 39" offset on 100lb cover
Ships March 1
Ships March 7
$100, 50% donated to the United Negro College Fund
The poster will look smashing on it's own but some people would prefer to have it framed. Given the odd and oversize dimensions of the poster, finding a suitable frame will be next to impossible. I have partnered with some of the best framers in the business to offer a stunning framed option. Your print will be professionally mounted using using FoamCore backing and clear acrylic and framed in beautiful tightly grained hardwood frame. It will be shipped to you framed so all you have to is unwrap and put it on your wall. The cost is $275 which INCLUDES shipping and handling.
This poster has some serious detial. Use the zooming window below to explore.
Why did you use "207 years ago" instead of "in 1801" ?
Many people have requested that I use the format "In 1801" instead of "207 years ago" so the poster would not be outdated and it would be better for referencing. However, as soon as you stamp a date on something, especially so distant, it relegates it to 'history' and the observer's desire to 'dismiss such irrelevant things'. The mere notion of "years ago" creates a link between the now and the then. This poster isn't one for reference, it's for reminding and reflection. I also use exclusively the present tense because people many people will only listen to what IS and not what WAS.
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