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"Edward A. Oquendo, co-initiator of B.A.N.D. (Blacks Against Negative Dying)"
  • Carl Fischer
    born 1924
    born: New York, New York, United States
  • "Edward A. Oquendo, co-initiator of B.A.N.D. (Blacks Against Negative Dying)", 1967
  • “The American Negro Is Dead. . . and risen as a black man of the world, soul brother to non-whites everywhere. Don’t look now, honky, but some of his best friends are Vietcong,” published in Esquire magazine, November 1967
  • Where object was made: United States
  • gelatin silver print, mounted on board
  • Mat Dimensions: 25 x 20 in
  • Gift of Esquire, Inc.
  • On view: Marshall Balcony, 404, S1
  • 1980.0939
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"Politics, Race, Celebrity: Photographs from the Esquire Collection", 16-Mar-2019
Edward Oquendo serves as the symbol of resistance in Esquire’s article about the shifting attitudes of African Americans regarding the Vietnam War and the emergence of the Black Power
Movement. William Worthy writes about Black men refusing and resisting military service. This posed a threat to the U.S. effort in Vietnam, because the U.S. military relied on a disproportionate
percentage of Black soldiers. Oquendo was later sentenced to five years in federal prison for dodging the draft.