A rare copy of Brian Lanker's "I Dream A World," featuring "Portraits 75 Black Who Changed America" in 1989. Named after the "I Dreamed a World" by Langston Hughes, this stunning black and white photography essay presents a female view of the world as it should be, in their own words.
“These women,” says writer Maya Angelou in an introduction to the book, “have descended from grandmothers and great grandmothers who knew the lash firsthand, and to whom protection was a phantom known of, but seldom experienced…But they are whole women. Their hands have brought children through blood to life, nursed the sick, and folded the winding cloths. Their wombs have held the promise of a race which has proven to each challenging century that despite threat and mayhem it has come to stay. Their feet have trod the shifting swampland of insecurity, yet they have tried to step neatly into the footprints of mothers who went before. They are not apparitions; they are not superwomen. They are not larger than life.”
Paperback, 172 pages. Measures 11” x 11”. Published by Stewart Tabori & Chang. Photographs and interviews by Brian Lanker.