“America Through My Lens: A Journey towards Emotional Intelligence” is the theme of a recent photography exhibit by Clincy Trammell, IV. Sponsored by Trammell’s Beauty and Barber Supplies, Inc., the exhibit is located at the John Brown Watson Memorial Library on the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff campus.
A native of Pine Bluff who moved to Atlanta, GA in 1996, Trammell is the grandson of community leaders and entrepreneurs Mr. and Mrs. Clincy Trammell. The native son recently returned to Pine Bluff for the exhibit and addressed a crowd of approximately 60 UAPB students, faculty and staff, local church members, public school students, and family members.
Using photographs from Ferguson, MO after the community there clashed with police officers over the death of Michael Brown, Trammell discussed how peaceful the crowd had initially been before becoming violent.
Trammell juxtaposed photographs of a peaceful protest in Atlanta, GA over the verdict in the Travyon Martin case to demonstrate the better way to stand for social justice.
Trammell believes that ‘emotional intelligence,’ or controlling emotions that threaten good judgement, should have prevailed before the rioting began in Ferguson, MO. Trammell used an image of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as an example of a preferred role model.
“If someone tries to force you to fight,” Trammell explained, “Emotional Intelligence should be used.” He further advised the youth in the audience to talk to elders for good advice.
Trammell further stated that students should cooperate with the police if pulled over. “You must go by the rules,” he emphasized, “Because it is the job of the police to ask you questions.”
In addition to encouraging audience members to practice emotional intelligence, Trammell also promoted getting an education. Using his own life as an example, Trammell said that he attended UAPB for two years before he began to, ‘snap his fingers and party.’
Trammell admitted that he took a ten-year hiatus from school before he realized the importance of an education. He then returned to school and earned a bachelor’s in 2003 in Network Engineering from DeVry University and a master’s in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School in 2008.
Trammell is currently working on a second master’s at Keller in Human Resource Management while on staff at Ozark Technical College in Springfield, MO. As a result of his success in school, he encouraged audience members to pursue an education beyond high school.
“It doesn’t matter if you choose college or a trade school, but get a good education and do the best job you can do once employed,” Trammell said. “[You should also] practice artistic skills, like painting or photography, since an artistic skill set is useful, regardless of what you do in life.”
Trammell closed his presentation the same way he began, by stating three points he felt everyone should follow in life to become successful, “Show up on time, participate, and do your best.”
For more information about the exhibit, contact Georgette Wiley at (870) 575-8415.