The idea of Blackness and its inherent right to exist is not something that comes from law or statute or is endowed onto a people by a nation-state. Focusing on the right to exist is the crux of the argument Black folks have fought for while in the United States of America. Blackness has always had an ancestral connection point that allows those endowed to access an entity that can not be granted or taken away by one person or group.
This type of connectedness and grounding is essential to a kind of survival of Blackness.
Acclaimed artist Hubert Jackson traffics in this space of spiritual ancestry – channeling and exploring the areas that Black folks lived and fought for in the name of existence. "Some of my recent work deals with the period of American history from its inception throughout the Civil War and, in particular, the spirits of those who have come and gone but remain anonymous and unaccounted for through war, slavery, poverty, or the passage of time, Jackson says in the Zenith Gallery art catalog.
"Although they are no longer physically present, their spirits remain with us as they have become one with nature – embodied within the life forms that emerge from the earth."