71315 (For Sandra)
Day 6
September 26th — 2018

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The artist will carry cinder blocks through the space to build large structures throughout. Each Build day is dedicated to a black woman/trans woman who lost their life and voice to a senseless act of violence and policing. This Build Day is dedicated to Sandra Bland.


Day 6 Recap


My feet are broken at this point. There are small shards of glass throughout the space and a few have implanted in my feet so each day gets harder and harder to walk. Today, as I was focusing on my pain, a beautiful soul walked into the space and asked me if I needed help. She was the light that switched my thoughts. I then began reflecting on the power of community and how important it is for each and every one of us to have a village.

When I was younger, my mom had a framed poster in our apartment that read, “It takes a village to raise a child”. As a child, I didn’t quite understand the power of that statement. Today, I do. Each and every one of us has a village. Even if it's family that's a phone call, drive, or even a short walk away. Even if it’s your local community store with a cashier that continuously remembers your favorite coffee or tea combination. Or even if it’s someone you just meet who brings light into your life based on their mere care for your existence.

We all have someone that cares for us in this world. Sometimes we fail to see who those people are even though they are standing right in front of us.

Today, let’s cherish that village. And on the reverse, let’s all make sure we are also creating a village for someone else. A village for another being to thrive, to live, to exist. The power of community is something beautiful.

Thank you Angela Golladay for your words today. Thank you Michael Peoples, Paul Amenta, Ericka Thompson, and Monroe A. O'Bryant for checking on me in the space every day. Thank you Mandy Cano Villalobos for opening your home so I can rest each night. Thank you to the many people who have continuously sent messages and called to check in on me. You all are my Village. Those beautiful gestures will never go unnoticed.

With love.

Text by Le’Andra LeSeur
Documentation and Images by Joshua Solas