A group of artists have been hearing questions from the black male community for a while – and they decided to find over 150 black men from around the country who were ready to give thoughtful and difficult answers on some of life’s biggest issues. The result was a video art installation called Question Bridge: Black Males, now on display at theOakland Museum of California. The project aims to promote constructive dialogue between black men and the rest of the nation, but also to break down limiting stereotypes about black male identity. In this second of five installments, participants answer this question, posed by young New York hip-hop artist, Robert Edwards: “Why didn’t ya’ll leave us with the blueprint?”
Click the audio player above to hear the responses of former black panther and Chicago detective David Lemieux, Ambassador Andrew Young in Atlanta, and Reverend Herbert Oliver in New York.
The Question Bridge project is on full display for a year at the new Exploratorium at the Embarcadero.