Collection: Our Country Too Edition
Designed by visual and performing artist, Brianna Pippens, this Sista Of Liberty is not wearing a traditional gown like our other Sistas. Instead, she is sporting a t-shirt, with a Black Power fist, and ripped jeans, as she carries the torch, lights the way, and leads the fight for racial and gender equality. Her clothing also features a kente cloth trim to pay homage to her African ancestry, and the bottom of her jeans have an African-mask-inspired “faces and raised fists” design that is a staple of Brianna’s work and symbolizes the connection to her ancestors.
This Sista also is rocking braids with cowrie shells. Cowrie shells have served various purposes in many West African cultures, such as for currency and jewelry. An ankh necklace, the ancient Egyptian symbol for life, hangs around her neck. Lastly, inscribed on the tablet she holds is “Our Country Too,” a phrase that we coined to celebrate the significant contribution people of color have made to building this country—both before and since its inception.
In the background is an American flag. However, the signature faces of Brianna’s work stand in place of the flag’s stars. The faces work in unison with the raised fists, of all different skin colors, at the bottom of the design to emphasize our message that the movement toward justice and equity is all encompassing. We will continue to raise our voices—and our fists—until there is “Liberty and Justice for All” because this is Our Country Too.
10% of net proceeds made from this design will be donated to Girl Trek (@girltrek), an organization that empowers Black women and girls by promoting health through walking campaigns, leadership development, and health advocacy (girltrek.org).