From 1959 Lincoln High School Yearbook
The Jersey Journal June 23, 1965
The Jersey Journal, September 12, 1962
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT NOW
We still lack portrayals of complex inner personhood in people, especially women, of color on the screen. It shouldn't, but the rare representation of a black woman intellectual in Collins' films still seems radical today.
In 1984, the writer and filmmaker Kathleen Collins held a master class at Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she first explained that the basis of her work was to overturn the Christian metaphysic as applied to black people. We can only be saints or sinners, she argued, and we are the scapegoats of society from which evil propagates. Because of this strict dichotomy, we are the extraordinary: outsiders located at opposite ends of the moral spectrum. The result is that we never get to be ordinary.
2022 would have been Kathleen's 80th birthday and will be the 40th anniversary of Losing Ground.