About the program
The Black Girlhood Altar
– Angelina Cofer (age 15) and Anaya Frazier (age 16)
Scheherazade Tillet and Robert Narciso and Black girls in Chicago, the altar is a mixed media, object-based installation initially created during the pandemic to transform public spaces from trauma sites to collective remembering and power.
deaths or disappearances have galvanized A Long Walk Home’s Black girl leaders to be activists and artists. In many cases, injustice defines their afterlives while their stories remain
untold, their legacies honored by only a few.
introduced by a distinctly colored lightbox.
Recess: The Courtyard, is inspired by Tillet’s ongoing work on Black girl play and resistance and her work with A Long Walk Home to develop a permanent monument project at
North Lawndale’s Douglass Park dedicated to Rekia Boyd. The South Gallery is Call and Response, a carefully curated space that features intergenerational photographs and
video-based works on spirituality, grief, and remembrance that are in direct conversation with The Black Girlhood Altar.
and increase visibility. The exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center creates a space for artists, families, and community activists to engage in a public conversation.
A Long Walk Home
Chicago, United StatesWebsite
A Long Walk Home is a Chicago-based national non-profit that cultivates the next generation of leaders committed to gender equity and racial justice.
Founded in 2003 by sisters Salamishah and Scheherazade Tillet, A Long Walk Home works with artists, students, activists, therapists, and community organizations and cultural institutions to elevate marginalized voices, facilitate healing, and activate social change.
Twenty years before #MeToo, A Long Walk Home emerged as a leading organization in the United States using black feminist justice approaches to combat gender violence and racism. A Long Walk Home has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Teen Vogue, and on MSNBC.