Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 for an exciting conversation with Bill Means of the American Indian Movement, photographer Dick Bancroft, author of the just released We Are Still Here: A History of the American Indian Movement in Photographs, a powerful, insider’s history of the first decade of the American Indian Movement. Also joining the conversation is Michael Wong, nephew of the late Roger Woo whose photographs are going up for exhibit in the "I'm Not Your Indian Anymore" opening at the All My Relations Gallery on Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis.
Dick Bancroft is a lifelong resident of Minnesota. He grew up in St. Paul, graduated from St. Paul Academy and went to the University of Minnesota. He joined the Marines in 1945, just as World War II was ending. After the war, he worked in the insurance business where he was introduced to the richness and diversity of the African American community. They were customers of his insurance firm and he was invited to sit on one of their boards. Leaders in the African American community convinced him to go to Africa and experience that country. In 1970, after returning to Minnesota, he met members of the American Indian Movement and that became his focus for the last 43 years, chronicling the lives of American Indians. He has thousands of images, posters, and other memorabilia that he has collected from his years with AIM.
“Though he has passed, his vision will continue to live on. I believe that it is in his honor that I continue to show his vision.” – Michael Wong, nephew
Roger L. Woo, born 1929 in Canton, China (Chang-zhou) to Charles and Bessy Woo. He was the oldest of five children. He migrated with his family to the United States as an adolescent and graduated from West High School in Minneapolis. He graduated from the University of Minnesota. He served in the infantry of the U.S. Army. He was a member of the AIM patrol in 1968 and too photographs of police brutality. He worked for the Minnesota Daily, MIGIZI Communications, and the Red School House in St. Paul, taking thousands of black and white photographs of American Indian people.