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L. Young Couple in the City. R. Griot Woman
20th c African People

Kathleen COHEN (Fresno CA, 1933 - ) Primary
20th c
L. Pietermaritzburg South Africa. R. Kala Village Mali
These two photographs can be used to symbolize Africa , poised between the western world and old Africa. The young couple from South Africa prepare to cross the city street, one looking forward the other looking tentatively back. Although Africa faces many problems as it moves into the 21st century, problems of ridding itself of the vestiges of both Western colonialism and African tribalism, the woman on the right symbolizes the traditional strength of the African people. She is Griot, one of traditional group of entertainers who have served as historians as well as advisors and critics of African rulers. Their energy, good humor and sharp social criticism indicates to me how Africa will face the future and combine the virtues of the old with the promise of the new.

Caption: AFRICAN |L. Young Couple in the City. R. Griot Woman |
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