Panhandling for Reparations


Saturday, May 08, 2004

Conceptual artist damali ayo has an ongoing performance called "living flag" that she’s taking to busy street corners all over the country. For the performance, she collects reparations for the enslavement of African Americans by sitting on the street as a panhandler. There, on the sidewalk, ayo accepts reparation payments from white passersby, she offers them a receipt, and then she distributes that money immediately to black people who pass by. She’s been getting some interesting reactions. Produced by Dmae Roberts and damali ayo with funding by through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional assistance by Michael Johnson and Catrin Einhorn.


Dmae Roberts

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.