"Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute To Leadership" with Don West
"So honored to be one of the hundred individuals captured in this Photo book and their stories." -
George (Chip) Greenidge, Jr.
" This captivating chronicle of leadership and social change gives voice and presence to 127 Boston-based African-American leaders who are shaping the city's evolving history and diversity."
This captivating chronicle of leadership and social change gives voice and presence to 127 Boston-based African-American leaders who are shaping the city's evolving history and diversity. The renowned photographer's evocative images and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Kenneth J. Cooper's dynamic stories create portraits of sung and unsung local, national and international heroes, including such pioneers as Nelson Mandela, James Baldwin, Elma Lewis and Mel King.
Over the last few years, photographer Don West celebrated the successful book Portraits of Purpose, Chronicles Decades of Social Change in Boston. The book— which features West’s photos and essays by Dorchester’s own Ken Cooper, captures “the spirit of a visionary leadership and tells the stories behind the story of more than 100 African American leaders and their allies in the post-civil rights era in Boston (1980-2013).”
Among the 127 luminaries featured in the book are Bostonians Mel King, Charles Yancey, Ayanna Pressley, Linda Dorcena Forry, Theodore Landsmark and Mel Miller.
“My goal,” Don West says, “is to make visible an often hidden story of social change; to provide a lens into the continued pursuit of justice in these times.” West plans to convene a series of public forums using the book as a conversation starter to address current issues in Boston and beyond. Eastern Bank played a catalytic role as a collaborating partner with photojournalist Don West on this historic book project. The project began as a traveling exhibit of West’s work in 2012.
For more information or to order copies of Portraits of Purpose, visit portraitsofpurpose.us