In 1987, the year B.Michael moved back to New York from Boston, he began his close friendship with artist and poet Donald Woods, who partnered for this performance with Gale Jackson.1987L02-donald-woods-gale-jackson
On October 11, 1987, members of Other Countries attended the Second National March on Washington for Lesbian & Gay Rights, a historic gathering of circa 500,000 attendees (vs. the 200,000 estimated by the U.S. Park Police). They processed behind a purple and black banner sewn by Roy Gonsalves. The images below were captured by B.Michael Hunter and/or his camera.
B.Michael kept these front page articles from prominent national newspapers as souvenirs.1987J12-boston-globe
B.Michael was in possession of these half-dozen photos of Other Countries and other Black Queer contingents on New York City’s Pride Sunday, June 28, 1987 — courtesy of “Nigel (or Nisel) from Canada”.
“PUT YOUR HANDS UP!
THERE’S BEEN A ROBBERY / RAPE / DRUG DEAL / FIRE . . .
© B.Michael Hunter 1987
Three years after earning his J.D. at Northeastern University School of Law, B.Michael took a course to review for the bar exam.1987-pieper-bar-review
He filled in 14 spiral-bound notebooks, brimming with mnemonic-acronyms. The first page of each is pictured below to provide a sense of what he was studying.
B.Michael had previously registered for a similar course to prepare him to sit for the July 1984 exam in New York, just after graduation, but decided against it.
While in Antigua & Barbuda, cherished friend and poet Donald Woods sent B.Michael a postcard with what seems like some spontaneously composed verse! After B.Michael moved from Boston in early 1987, he stayed for a patch in Spanish Harlem (Manhattan) with his mom. Her address is the only legible clue as to when B.Michael received it.1987-postcard-back-WITH-POEM-fr-donald-woods
lights bulbous with
dusty grey globes
have their own hum to
answer the insistent
night songs of
secret crickets hiding
from the ample white rattan
curving stiffly beneath
flamingoes and turquoise leaves
posing on the sides and fronts
of chubby cushions
that allow a summer dress
airy and self conscious
the ideal flirtation.
© Donald Walter Woods 1987