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Crawley’s art honors black women

By Lesley Covington
Guest Writer

Brandy S. Crawley, a 20-year-old junior majoring in broadcast journalism, has created an oil painting celebrating African-American women.            

The painting was dedicated Sept. 25 to the Office of Multicultural and Minority Affairs in honor of the National Council of Negro Women.

Brandy Crawley stands with her oil painting that celebrates the heritage of African-American women.

Photo by Lesley Covington
Brandy Crawley stands with her oil painting that celebrates the heritage of African-American women.

Crawley said she chose the council’s motto, E.L.I.T.E.S. — Elegant Leading Individuals Together Enduring Society — as the title because it illustrates strong women who made the council successful at UNCP.            

“First I was gonna do something with the logo, but people see logos every day,” Crawley said.

She chose to paint women as reminders of those who brought the organization to UNCP, she said.            

Six women are depicted in the painting: Crawley, Carine L. Francois, Tamron Cox, Kristina L. Chaney, Dominique D. Newkirk and Tremonisha Miller, the artist said. The students established NCNW at UNCP April 12, 2006.

Each woman remains faceless in the piece, leaving an anonymous air. Crawley did choose to portray their individual styles with regard to dress and accessories, however.            

“I see modern women of all kinds of different cultural backgrounds,” said 23-year-old sophomore  sociology major Sedrick J. Lewis. “I see confidence in this picture.”

Lewis noted that the gray shading around each woman might signify negativity, and that each one’s strength prevented it from touching them.            

Crawley is the president of the collegiate chapter of NCNW, according to Director of the Office of Multicultural and Minority Affairs Robert L. Canida II.

NCNW is involved in a variety of activities, according to Crawley. They are currently planning a trip to New Orleans during Spring Break.            

Locally, their community service ranges from helping at the Odum Baptist Home for Children,  to  women’s health concerns and collecting school supplies for Robeson County youth.

 

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