Kimberly L. Jones: "I am grateful to have seen the world cry out on our behalf within my lifetime"
The author and activist sees a better future ahead.
Kimberly L. Jones’s story originally appeared in Up + Rising, a celebration of extraordinary Black voices, and is the first chapter of i-D's 40th anniversary issue (1980-2020). i-D chronicled over 100 activists and artists, musicians and writers, photographers and creatives, in Atlanta, Baltimore, Minneapolis, LA, London, New York, Paris and Toronto.
“We’re here and we’re not going anywhere. Whenever someone talks to me about this journey I’m on, this is what I have to remind them. African Americans have contributed greatly to American culture as we’ve come to know it post-colonisation, so we have every right to hold the people who govern us accountable. Even if that accountability is difficult for people to grasp.
I feel confident that most people understand the atrocities we’ve faced in this nation, but there’s a deep desire to keep corrupt systems that serve those in power to turn a blind eye. Most people live in a bubble and they choose to block out the noise until it’s on their doorstep.
We must have a plan that is created specifically for African Americans, because as a nation we are going to have to be intentional as we fix the generational, economic, and social apartheid that has crippled Black growth in America.
Despite the aforementioned state of the nation, I feel confident we are headed toward a happier healthier America. The civil unrest of 2020 proved that we are not in this alone and our allies recognise that cognitive dissonance concerning racial disparity in this country can no longer be tolerated. I am grateful to have seen the world cry out on our behalf within my lifetime.”
Photography Kristin Powell
Casting Samuel Ellis Scheinman for DMCASTING.
Casting assistance Alexandra Antonova.
Make-up (for Kimberly Jones) Nickey Martin using Black Opal, Nars, Iman Cosmetics, Pat McGrath, and Fenty.