Darius Riley.

Project Description

Democracy in Color

Everything I have done in my life has been dedicated to making a change. I joined Boy Scouts in high school to change the way black and brown boys experience the outdoors. I came to Bowdoin in hopes of gaining an education that I can use to change my long family history of no one making it past high school and to be a role model for my siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews. Even here at Bowdoin I have used my creativity to change how students experience fun at the school by performing at concerts, having photo galleries, and creating a fashion magazine so students can express themselves in a new way.

Up to this point the changes that I have been able to make have been relatively small and dedicated to myself and the people I am close to. As a Visual Arts major and a professional photographer, I greatly enjoy using different mediums to create art, but a lot of what we create at Bowdoin does not make any significant change in the world. In addition, a lot of the creative work I have done at Bowdoin has sparked conversation about race, gentrification, and the state of minorities in America. Democracy in Color is an organization “dedicated to empowering the New American Majority—multiracial, multicultural, and progressive—through media, public conversations, research and analysis on race and politics. [Their] mission is to build power by empowering the New American Majority through shining a light on and lifting up progressive people of color and whites and calling for transparency and accountability from our leaders. [Their] mission is also to win back [their] country from those who seek to silence [their] voices.” I believe that it is time for me to use my creativity in combination with my photography and videography skills to help minority communities all across America get more politically involved with the content I create.

Mahtma Ghandi said “you must be the change you wish to see in the world.” I embrace these words on a daily basis by “doing a good turn daily.” I admire how Democracy in Color also has successfully acted as the change they wish to see. I believe that working with Democracy in Color would not only allow me to better my creative skills but also allow me to go make a real change in the world by directly helping communities of people who have been oppressed and whose voices have been silenced.

Project Details

  • Date December 5, 2018
  • Tags 2018, Arts, Communications
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