Peter Harris - See You: Faces of the Black Man of Happiness

Peter J. Harris – See You: Faces of the Black Man of Happiness

Date grant awarded: December 16, 2018

See You: Faces of the Black Man of Happiness is a publication and public awareness/Social Media campaign/exhibition curated in Los Angeles by American Book Award author Peter J. Harris, founder of Black Man of Happiness Project. See You features ‘Legacy’ photos — historical images of Black men and boys emanating a sense of joy— and provides an unprecedented, life-affirming oasis that traces the DNA of joy for Black men and boys during a social climate that too often places those men and boys in the cross-hairs of danger and death.

With this project, Harris celebrates the humanity of Black men and boys from a refreshing new angle that boldly asks ‘What is a happy Black Man?’ See You answers that question and contributes to a re-charged emotional ecology and social atmosphere that is infused with beautiful art reflecting ongoing, dignified and intimate resistance of Black males to their dehumanization. Grant funds will be used to extend the tenure of the Research Librarian Helen Cate, who coined the brilliant phrase ‘emanating a sense of joy’; secure reproduction rights for an initial pool of selected Legacy Images; and hire a graphic designer to design the look for the public awareness/Social Media campaign.