“The Impossible is Possible”
— Professor Freedom
My friend, “Professor Freedom,” aka Clarence Glover Jr., spent over forty (40) years educating society on the history of Africa-Americas and cotton. Unlike me however, he grew up on his great-grandfather’s cotton plantation. For him, cotton was the way his family earned a living. It sent his mother and aunts to school and provided many cotton pickin’ jobs. Growing up on the Beene Plantation in Bossier City, Louisiana pickin’ cotton was for me and my family a source of hard labor. It was something I wanted to get away from. Life has a particular way of turning history around. Just when I thought I left the memories of cotton fields on Beene plantation, the memories became a source inspiration for my art and writing.
It’s funny how some of you can see a negative life experience become a positive life experience. You see, Professor Freedom says “picking cotton wasn’t the problem — not getting paid was the problem.”
Today I get paid for painting cotton pickin’ pictures.
We going to have a Cotton-Pickin’ Good Time!!
Come to JR Gallery at 624 Commerce St on Saturday afternoon, Juneteenth of 2021! It’s within easy walking distance of Festival Plaza and thus the Let the Good Times Roll Festival!