Valérie Berta

Photographer
    
Location: Columbia, MO, U.S.
Nationality: American, French
Biography: Valérie Berta is an international photographer based in the United States. B orn and raised in the South of France, she has a Master's in English from Université Paris VII and in Photojournalism from the University of... MORE
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Marekka Nickens
Copyright Valérie Berta 2022
Date of Work Feb 2017 - Ongoing
Updated Oct 2019
Topics Multimedia, Photography
Marekka Nickens, 29, elementary school teacher, born and raised in Columbia, MO. 01/19/18


Mother,
wife,
daughter,
sister,
friend,
female,
African American
What it is like growing up in mid-Missouri as an African American woman born and raised in poverty?
You are loved by your family and friends
You are questioned by society and judged by your more affluent and non-marginalized peers
You are accused of playing the race card
You may hide your opinion and feelings because you don’t want to be labeled as the angry black woman
You are accustomed to discrimination or prejudices whether it be in a store, out and about around town, in the workplace or at school
You are afraid of the police
You are fearful for your children and hope that as time goes on our country will become more accepting
You have learned to adapt to many situations
You are compassionate
resilient
intelligent
loyal
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