|Student observing panel on shoes and listening to audio commentary at the style, politics & the souls of black folks exhibit|
We regularly organized exhibits that included more and more posters that exuded African American cultural signifiers. Our mixed media poetry exhibits, which showcase audio recordings and photographs of black poets as well as our politically inspiring black women exhibits became some of our signature events. We also began hosting an annual style, politics & the souls of black folks project, and our Sistas Rocking Naturals @ SIUE has become one of our most popular events.
The notion of black aesthetics apparently speaks to students and perhaps general citizens on multiple levels. "Style," noted author Ralph Ellison decades ago "is more important than political ideologies." I might not go that far, but what we've discovered is that politics are embedded in style, and style exudes politics and modes of consciousness.
• Future Histories project
• A Notebook on style