I Am San Francisco:Ron Moultrie Saunders
A photographer who works without a camera, Ron Moultrie Saunders is a founder of the 3.9 Art Collective.
Blending his landscape architecture with his advocacy for the community, Saunders believes cultural creators are the heartbeat of any urban center.
The African American community has been a formative influence in shaping the culture of San Francisco since the Gold Rush. Legendary black jazz artists like Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis and Billie Holiday come to mind for their parts in creating the soundscapes of the Fillmore and the Tenderloin. Cultural institutions like the San Francisco African American Historical and Cultural Society, the African American Art & Culture Complex, the Bayview Opera House and the Museum of the African Diaspora continue to play a significant role, as do many churches that were key to the Civil Rights movement in the ‘60s. African American culture is still deeply embedded in the cultural tapestry of San Francisco.