As an artist I was educated to believe that any piece of artwork should be created to “speak” to the viewer in every visual sense of the word! The people, places and events of the Civil Rights Movement, the non-violent nature of the 1950’s and 1960’s, all led me to believe that there was a holy spirit, a sacred dimension to this movement. In a period of horrific racism in this country, the people demonstrating for their constitutional rights remained non-violent.Read full artist statement
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In 1838 Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery in Maryland and fled to freedom in New Bedford, Mass. He became a prominent abolitionist, author, public speaker, and newspaper publisher. Following the Emancipation Proclamation he continued to work for voting rights for blacks and women's suffrage. He was the most photographed man of the 19thcentury.