During my studies at Colorado College I was heavily involved with The Butler Center, an office which serves as the hub for diversity and inclusion efforts on campus. Whether I was advocating for the concerns of students of color in the Colorado College Student Government or choosing to live in an intentional living and learning community that explored healthy practices of self-care, I found solace in the office as it served as a home that provided me with mentorship and guidance throughout my years. I was honored when I was asked to propose a project for Black History Month which commemorated the contributions of Black individuals in the diaspora.
The purpose of the project was to highlight the contributions of Black individuals in shaping various fields, from music and literature to political thought and social activism. I wanted to create an "ABC's of Black History" which highlighted key individuals on each poster, drawing further visual inspiration from the bold colors used by illustrator Jordan Andrew Carter that evoked a 70's pop art era. With this in mind I chose to focus on pairing intimate portraits of iconic figures with bold pop colors, drawing passing spectators in with warm piercing gazes that disrupted their normal everyday lives while leaving them with key quotations that reflected the core beliefs of the individual being highlighted.