Dickie is the recipient of the 2018 Alexia Foundation student photography grant to continue with this work. The award pays tuition for graduate-level classes and program fees during the a semester at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with up to a maximum of $15,000 paid and an additional $1,000 cash grant to help produce the student’s project. The Alexia Foundation, committed to supporting visual storytellers who educate and expose social injustice, has been awarding these grants to top students and professionals for more than 25 years. Each spring at New York’s Syracuse University, a panel of industry professionals considers scores of proposals in the highly competitive contest.
“I have fond memories of a night in Baker by a moonlit pond when Jason Robertson and Myron Barnes, a.k.a. Rudy and Ron Wright, harmonized,” Dickie told In Sight. These were their lyrics: “I was born and raised in America / And God freed the slaves in America / Tell me why these people really scared of us / Man they trying to take us out America / It’s hard to live / When your skin black / These cops in the streets don’t know how to act / You ain’t gotta run, they’re gonna still shoot your back / And when you dead you ain’t never get no justice back / And that’s just how it go.”
Here is a sampling of images from his award-winning project.
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