"Brother X" from the series "1987"  16 x 16 archival print by pierre bennu

"Brother X" from the series "1987" 16 x 16 archival print by pierre bennu

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In the 80’s my mother worked as a home nurse in NYC. Many times her work took her into rough neighborhoods. One story that stuck with me was when she got lost trying to find a particular building in the projects so she asked this brother from the Nation for directions. Not only did he escort her to the patient’s apartment, but also offered to wait outside in a visible spot during her entire visit, and walk her back to her car to make sure she got home safely. 
He asked for nothing.
I remember what the bothers of the Nation symbolized, particularly in that era. For many of us (at their best) they were a personification of discipline, duty & fearlessness.They carried no weapons but were respected & feared. They also offered an alternative to the ideas of Black masculinity being offered to us by the streets & in pop culture. I am thankful to that brother, whose name i don’t know, for keeping watch over my mother that winter day. 

Museum-quality posters made on thick and durable matte paper. Add a wonderful accent to your room and office with these posters that are sure to brighten any environment.


• Paper thickness: 10.3 mil
• Paper weight: 5.6 oz/y² (192 g/m²)
• Giclée printing quality
• Opacity: 94%