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A work of art by Kolongi Brathwaite featuring a Black Jesus Christ carrying an African-American christian woman. This art print was inspired by the poem, Footprints in the Sand by Mary Stevenson. You can read the entire poem below:
One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there were one set of footprints.
This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.
So I said to the Lord,
"You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during
the most trying periods of my life
there have only been one
set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most,
you have not been there for me?"
The Lord replied,
"The times when you have
seen only one set of footprints,
is when I carried you."
Kolongi BrathwaiteInternational artist Kolongi's unique vision and innovative style brings a fresh approach to Black heritage art. At eight years of age, he was awarded first prize in a county-wide Barbadia competition. Self-taught, he forged his own style for which he continues to receive international attention and recognition. Kolongi typically uses oils on canvas to convey his messages. His primary motivation and goal is to project postitive images. The diverse subject matter of his work includes family, culture, spirituality and the black experience. Kolongi's artwork emphasizes the compelling heritage and culture of the black experience.
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