Late to the Party

Most everyone authors his or her own life, to some extent. Arthur E. Teele, Jr. was a man that tried composing his with a hand steady and certain, despite those that objected or intruded. He came from a wealthy and privileged black family in Washington D.C, studied law at FAMU, fought in Vietnam, and returned a decorated soldier. He then litigated for a groundbreaking civil rights case and went on to get appointed by Ronald Reagan to the U.S. Department of Transportation. After that, he served as attorney for the founder of Nascar.

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Sitting on a couch with a painted-on dinosaur print, I swilled some vodka graciously provided by David Rohn, an artist and writer, and Danilo De La Torre, a drag performer who goes by the name Adora. Their new house was in the midst of a move-in: boxes and scattered things signified the layered pace of flux.

[Published on Artlurker on October 8, 2013. Read the rest here.]

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