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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Harriet Tubman was a true icon of freedom as she guided hundreds of men, women and children out of slavery in the antebellum South on the Underground Railroad. Only five feet tall, she was a woman of immense courage and strength because as a runaway slave herself she risked being captured and returned to plantation life following the enactment of the Fugitive Slave law in 1850.
Born William Edward Burghardt DuBois on February 23, 1868 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. His father was an itinerant laborer, his mother a domestic worker. Two years after he was born, his father left the family. Raised by his mother, he spent his entire youth in that small New England town.