As a child, Kirk Nelson moved from a nice neighborhood in Gary, Indiana to the South Side of Chicago. He was robbed, intimidated and saw things children should not. One day as he rode around the neighborhood on his bike, a child all the other kids were afraid of stopped him and tried to take it. Kirk fought back, refusing to let go of his prized bicycle. The boy was perplexed by Kirk's resistance. He yelled, "Do you know who I am?" Kirk did not know this boy, nor his local reputation as a thief, that other mothers referred to him as a "bad kid." Kirk eventually befriended Craig, learning from him the way's of the Projects; how to steal; how to survive. Their lives were then intertwined, until the end.

The Room No. VI, (1948). Eldzier Cortor

The Room No. VI, (1948). Eldzier Cortor

THE POOL PLAYERS.
SEVEN AT THE GOLDEN SHOVEL.

We real cool. We
Left school. We

Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We

Sing sin. We
Thin gin. We

Jazz June. We
Die soon.
— We Real Cool, Gwendolyn Brooks
Photograph from the series "A Man Becomes Invisible," (1952). Gordon Parks

Photograph from the series "A Man Becomes Invisible," (1952). Gordon Parks