Bound to sail for uncertain futures, our grandmothers and grandfathers were reared on the unexpected segregated colonial plantations. There they bore into eternal knowledge, —an acquired construct of freedom in relation to ancestral memories and others partaking the imagined dreams. Sharing the unknown and sensing the projected reversed memories of no return into the deep Atlantic currents, the ancestors understood that they would endure the emancipation struggles marked with chains and forced labor.
The racial trajectory of meaning of identity—from Negro, to Black, to Afro-American, and to African Americans—was a genesis of ontology that embellishes a transitory crossroads in time, movement, and spaces. The legacy of African American visual imaginaries is synergy of sociopolitical and cultural subjective and collective experiences in the urban centers and the rural south, the various forms of artistry, spirituality, labor and the workforce, innovations, activism, and leadership.