Victorian Women of Color

“I am not ashamed of my grandparents for having been slaves.
I am only ashamed of myself for having at one time being ashamed.”

– Ralph Ellison

Being female has perhaps never been easy; belittled and mistreated for millennia. In the western world, over centuries, first went a man and below went a woman, then was an animal - and below the animal- was the place for the non-white (once more men before the women).

The following photographs are portraits of women of color who fought with bravery from their moment of birth to their deaths, paying a sentence for two sins; being female, and being black.

“As a black woman, the decision to love yourself just as you are is a radical act. And I'm as radical as they come.” 

― Bethanee Epifani J. Bryant