I don’t count myself as being a big fan of Gordon Park’s work. But this Gordon Park photograph of young dancers at a housing project in Washington DC struck a chord. The struggle of black to be beautiful when our everyday idiom unconsciously proclaims black to represent evil, grief and mourning. Beautiful black girls, arms raised in joyful salute. ironically dressed in white. What other choice did they have? in our culture only white represents purity and innocence. But let’s look at a few other cultures. The Mayans thought thought a pale skin was the color of death; they viewed their Spanish conquerors as zombies from another world. And throughout Asia white symbolizes death and mourning. For me, this image is filled with hope, longing, contradictions and sadness.