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Photograph by:
Frank Espada, Puerto Rican, 1930 - 2014  Search this
Subject of:
Young Lords Party, American, founded 1969  Search this
Unidentified Child or Children  Search this
ink on paper
H x W: 11 × 17 in. (27.9 × 43.2 cm)
inkjet prints
Place depicted:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
1970; printed later
A digital print depicting a black-and-white image of a busy kitchen during the New York Young Lords’ breakfast program. A Young Lord is standing behind the seated children on the left. At the center is a long table set with a plastic tablecloth, plastic utensils, and toppings for foods. There are nine children in view seated around the table. The Young Lord watching over wears a light-colored shirt under a dark-colored jacket with dark pants and a belt. The jacket has two buttons one his upper left chest, one with Huey P. Newton’s face and the other with text reading [FREE / HUEY].
The room has three large windows. Behind the seated children, to the far left is the partial view of the cupboards and countertop. To the right is a refrigerator. On the right side wall, between two windows, are three posters placed vertically. The top poster depicts an image of presumably a Black Panther member within a star with text below the star reading [We want FREEDOM We want / Power to determine the / Destiny of OUR BLACK Community]. The second poster below is white with black text reading [FREE HUEY / FREE BOBBY] followed by an image of Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in front of a sign reading [BLACK PANTHER / PARTY] and the emblem of a black panther at the bottom. The third poster is largely obstructed but visibly text suggests it’s a bilingual text, reading [all power belongs to the… / todo el poder al…].
There are no inscriptions on the print, front or back.
African American  Search this
Activism  Search this
Children  Search this
Communities  Search this
Cooking and dining  Search this
Photography  Search this
Poverty  Search this
U.S. History, 1969-2001  Search this
Urban life  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture purchased with funds provided by the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center
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Restrictions & Rights:
© Estate of Frank Espada
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
The Young Lords
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Young Lords Movement
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture