1001 Black Men #963


This is a portrait from an overnight trip I made with my fabulous partner to  Rancho Cordova, a small community outside of Sacramento. The area felt both rural and suburban, at the same time. I had the feeling it was mostly a community of 9-to-5 working folks, because the sidewalks  were empty, and even the Starbucks was mostly deserted. It was nothing like San Francisco, where shops and cafes are full at all hours of the day.

Of the people I did encounter, few of them were Black, and so I felt compelled to draw at least a couple of the Black people I did see.  I started my day at Brookfield’s, the kind of classic, old school family restaurants that attracts classic, old school patrons.

Ajuan Mance



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