Fun Fact: Artist and art historian Samella Lewis recalls the Louisiana of her youth. She recalls being frightened by the mayhem of Mardi Gras and perplexed why the black Mardi Gras clubs called themselves ‘Zulus’. Lewis further describes her youhtful rebellion against the segregation and racism of New Orleans. She also describes the source of friction between blacks, creoles and cajuns.
She was the Apprentice of Elizabeth Catlett
Quote: “I fight against segregation, discrimination, racism, brutality and depravity because these things deny people their rights as human beings,” Lewis asserted. “I feel everyone should be liberated from excessive brutality and situations confining them to a discouraging and demeaning place in life.”