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On this African inspired quilt piece, we see three photos of the famous musician, poet, and African American activist, Gil Scott-Heron. His influence is reflected in this very quilt piece. The quilt piece is white, and on it there are two Pan-African flags, one in the top left corner, and the other in the bottom right corner. In the center of the quilt we see Gil Scott-Heron with the year of his birth on the left, and the year of his death on the right. The years listed are 1949 and 2011. The center image is of Gil Scott-Heron’s debut studio album “Pieces of a Man” released in 1971. Furthest to right we see an image of Gil Scott-Heron which is darker and shows a shadowy background, while picturing his face angled slightly to the side, giving off a dark and more serious tone. At the top of the photo we see the words “Gil Scott”, in yellow, green, orange, and red material, and at the bottom we see the word “Heron” in the same material. Below the number 2011, there is a verse from Gil Scott-Heron’s song “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. This verse reads, “The revolution will not be televised, will not be televised, will not be televised, the revolution will be no re-run brothers, the revolution will be live.” This excerpt, and the entire song in fact, is on of Gil Scott-Heron’s many examples of political activism. On the mid-left side, beneath the year 1949, there is an image of the continent of Africa, colored red, yellow, and green, and a black outline of a fist in the center of the continent. This is a symbol of black power and African pride. Finally, in the left lower corner we see an image of Gil Scott-Heron wearing reflecting sunglasses, and in these sunglasses, we see the left lens there is a group of Klu Klux Klan members., as well as an American flag, and a dollar bill, with the statue of liberty in the background. This lens shows a combination of negative American cultural aspects, such as greed and racism. This lens resembles racist capitalist America, which Gil Scott-Heron stood strongly against, and it showed in his activism. In the right lens, we see African people playing instruments, a black man smiling in the background, and a city skyline. This lens symbolizes African American culture and music as well as black pride, which is what a lot of Gil Scott-Heron’s work implied.