Artist Fahamu Pecou discusses conscious art of the Diaspora with my composition students

Stallworth composition students, Spelman College, Spring 2017. Visit with artist Fahamu Pecou.

The phenomenal Fahamu Pecou (@fahamupecou) visited my composition writing students at Spelman College. They’re studying activism through the arts in the Diaspora. In this module, Pecou’s latest series, “Do or Die,” a ritualistic narrative on the murder and ascension of Walter Scott and others slain due to the cull of racism and white supremacy in America, provided a visual of artistic intention and what Pecou describes as the connection between resistance, hip hop, Negritude and Yoruba spirituality. The students were impacted by his passion and clear dedication to craft and the potential impact on the students. His first question before the lecture, “Can I sit with the students?”

Much of the discussion focused on Pecou’s inclusion of Black women as agents of ritual and renewal in the series (shown below). Students questioned if Pecou meant to portray Black women as all-powerful goddesses. Per Pecou, they were correct in this analysis.

“The Way” (96×66, acrylic and gold leaf on canvas) from Fahamu Pecou’s “Do or Die” series. Taken from the website:

To see more of Pecou’s work, visit


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