Fairmount Group, 2018, photographed by Xavier Leija
Where would I be when I got older? In the sixth grade, I had a teacher named Cleotha Moore that really sparked my interest. She taught us oratorical points and things. We would go to the nursing homes and things like that. So at that time I thought about being a teacher, and I would play those games at home, being a teacher and I had a class. So that’s where I figure I would be, and right now I am a special ed para and I’ve been there at Spaght for 14 years. Before that, a school bus driver, still teaching children. At my church, teaching children. So I guess that’s what I knew I was gonna be, a teacher.
Janet Wilson, 2018, photographed by Alexis Rivierre
Carla Jackson Patton, 2018, photographed by Juan Carlos Garcia
Danielle Johnson, 2018, photographed by Ashwin Govindarajan
It taught me a lot about myself. And then the project is what brought that together to where my spice, and your spice and their spice and everybody else is sprinkling season and came together to make a wonderful dish… It’s a physical dish…and Mom realizing that this is her up there. She raised us to be culturally multicultural or ethnically multicultural. Meaning that you have your own spice to put into the pot but you need to understand that you have to go into the pot also in order to do your part. All the way down to trying to be the tough one, and not cry the night before. I’m saying all the way down to that. It really, really, really… It humbled me. Things are bigger than what I am, but I’m big enough to make an impression. I’m big enough to make a change.
Patricia Williams, 2018, photographed by Xavier Leija
Alberta Phillips, 2018, photographed by Alexis Rivierre
John Wright, 2018, photographed by Alexis Rivierre
Lenora Green, 2018, photographed by Alexis Rivierre
Durell Gilmore, 2018, photographed by Xavier Leija