I painted this rooftop mural portrait of civil rights attorney and social justice crusader Connie Rice a few years ago for LA Times Magazine. Some sections of the wall had been wheatpasted with paper before and were now peeling off the wall, taking sections of the mural away, so I repainted over the missing areas.
Rice has an impressive history of fighting for the rights of the socially and economically disenfranchised, and is one of the classiest people I've had the privilege to meet and photograph. The title of her memoir is Power Concedes Nothing, which comes from this classic, ever-relevant quote from over a century and a half ago:
“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both.”
- Frederick Douglass, 1857
Filming / Editing: Eric Heights
Music: "Scrabble" by René Costy, from 1972