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.
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Benjamin Swan has dedicated his life to serving his community and the cause of social justice. From leadership in the Civil Rights Movement, to his role as an elected representative in the Massachusetts state legislature, he has faithfully served the people of the Springfield area for 50 years.
One of the most influential religious leaders of the 20th Century, Rabbi Abraham Heschel spoke to both Jews and Christians. Born in Warsaw, Poland in 1907, he pursued a doctorate in Germany and received a liberal rabbinic ordination at the Hochschule fur die Wissenschaft des Judentums.