BABA WEUSI 

BABA WEUSI 

"BLACK FATHERS"

Baba Weusi (translation Black Fathers in Swahili) is a portrait series created to highlight and explore the experiences of Black fathers within the Packer community. For as long as I’ve been at Packer, the front halls have been lined with portraits of mostly old white men, who we never learned about or really cared about. Over the summer those images were finally taken down, and I realized how powerful it would be to replace those outdated figures with positive imagery of Black men, more specifically Black dads within our school community. I want students, school professionals, families, and alumni to see the powerful, loving, and intelligent men who walk these halls. More than that, this series challenges its viewers to see beyond the stereotypes. I wanted to focus on Black love rather than Black pain, and build on the concept of Black representation.