Unformatted text preview: who appears to have been working all day. It shows couples dressed in nice garments strolling down the streets. A black policeman is serving as a traffic cop in the bustling streets, as black taxi drivers and other automobile owners drive to their destinations. The scene depicted in this painting is a direct representation of what it meant to be a “New Negro”. They were able to do things that would have been unheard of in the south. For example, the streets in the painting are lined with black-owned businesses such as hotels and drug stores. There are no segregation signs, or anything of that sort. No signs of despair or agony show on the faces of the citizens; however, the people in the picture seem to be carrying themselves with confidence and hope. They seem to be accustomed to the freedom that they have in the city of Chicago, as if slavery and exploitation never existed. The painting is a true display of a “New Negro”....
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- Fall '07
- Southern United States, new Negro, Nell Irvin Painter