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We Will Never Stand Silent

42 x 29 inches mixed charcoal on paper

In “We Will Never Stand Silent,” Washington depicts a civil rights demonstration that includes protesters from the entire spectrum of African American life -- including men, women, children, and teenagers – who are protesting the Jim Crow laws that relegated them to being second class citizens.  Their protestations effectively sent the message that marginalized African Americans “[would] never stand silent” in the face of racism or discrimination.


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