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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Rosa Parks (2/4/13 – 10/24/05) was a civil rights activist whom the U.S. Congress called “The Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement”. It was on December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama when Mrs. Parks was arrested for violating the law by refusing to give up her seat on a public bus for a white man.
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Jeffrey Brace, born Boyrereau Brinch, was captured and enslaved in Africa at the age of 16. He was taken to Barbados and then New England. After being the slave of numerous cruel owners, he was sold to Widow Mary Stiles of Woodbury, Connecticut who treated him humanely and taught him to read. Baptized a Christian, he read and memorized the entire Bible.