Through his political activism and his artwork, Douglas
dramatically changed the way other artists viewed African Americans.
Politically, he helped found and served as president for the activist
organization that drastically assisted with employing thousands of
The inside of my body resembles a sieve. The
biggest whole is buried deep beneath my aching soul. The rhythm of
my heart seems to skip a beat with each breath that my lungs consume.
As I stand at the front of the church entrance, I can feel the weight
of my body shift from side to side.
Exhausted, I passed through customs towards the exit door
and stepped into a new world. My father gave my still sleepy brother
and me a stick of Wrigley’s peppermint gum and we experienced
our first taste in our new life. Every trip back home has matured
me in many ways.
I am at the kitchen table. “Don’t tell anyone,
you promise?” I look into my best friend’s eyes, which
are the size of large grapes, filled with confusion and sorrow, but
yet that “I can’t wait to tell someone” look.