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Woodland Exhibit
March 11 - June 19, 2021
Online and @ The Barn Gallery 512 Gibson Road, Woodland

"Korryn Gaines"

by Nelson Loskamp

Korryn Gaines was a devoted mother and daughter, an avid reader, a spoken word artist and had a flair for beauty.  Her mother reported that she became politicized in the wake of the Baltimore police killing of Freddie Gray who was murdered blocks from the family home

She was a reader, outspoken, researched her rights and knew them well. ​Gaines was only 23 years old when she was murdered by police in front of her young children.

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"Marsha P. Johnson"  by Aislinn Murray

"History isn't something you look back at and say it was inevitable, it happens because people make decisions that are sometimes very impulsive and of the moment, but those moments are cumulative realities." 

Marsha P. Johnson was an activist, drag queen, performer, and survivor. She was a prominent figure in the Stonewall uprising of 1969.

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"Pauli Murray"

by Sarah Zimmerman

Poet and writer Pauli Murray changed history. Lawyer, activist, scholar, Episcopal priest; she accomplished many firsts.

Murray wrote, “Hope is a Song in a weary throat.” That was from “Dark Testament,” part of her incredible 1970 collection.

But it’s her writings on discrimination against African American people (particularly children) and all women that had the widest impact.

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"Atatiana Jefferson"  by Seana Burke

Atatiana Jefferson was an altruist. She cared about others and helping them despite not gaining anything by doing this. “Whoever she really cared for, she went all in for it — people and animals,” Ashley Carr (her sister).

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"Billie Holiday" 

by Anya McCann

Billie Holiday, born April 7, 1915 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was a superstar of her day. She first rose to prominence in the 1930’s with a unique style that reinvented the conventions of modern singing and performance.

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"Michelle Obama"  by Ella Fodor

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America--the first African American to serve in that role--she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history. 

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"Rosa Parks" 

by Anya McCain

Rosa Parks was a young civil rights activist who became secretary of the NAACP. In 1944, Rosa took a job working on the Maxwell Air Force Base, federally owned, where segregation was not allowed. This was Rosa’s first taste of a life of equality and was a turning point in her attitude towards civil rights. “Maxwell opened my eyes up.”

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"Ida B. Wells" 

by Eden Sunday

“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them”

A former slave, Ida B. Wells — a gifted journalist and fervent abolitionist — reached fame for documenting lynchings, fighting for the right to vote and advocating for Black women’s equality in the late 1800s. She famously refused to be relegated to the back of the march for suffrage, joining with the delegation of white women from Chicago instead.

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"Fannie Lou Hamer"  by Kaylyn Tom

“Sometimes it seems like to tell the truth today is to run the risk of being killed.  But if I fall, I’ll fall five feet four inches forward in the fight for freedom.  I’m not backing off.”

Fannie Lou Townsend Hamer rose from humble beginnings in the Mississippi Delta to become one of the most important, passionate, and powerful voices of the voting rights movement and a leader in the efforts for greater economic opportunities for African Americans.

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"Breonna Taylor" 

by Stephanie Thayer

Working in health care is so rewarding. It makes me feel so happy when I know I've made a difference in someone else's life. 

Before she was a hashtag or a headline, before protesters around the country chanted her name, Breonna Taylor was a 26-year-old woman who played cards with her aunts and fell asleep watching movies with friends.

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"Dorothy Dandridge"  by Hisani Stenson

Dorothy Dandridge, born on November 9, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio, was a superb actress, singer and dancer who became a national and international star, and the first African American female actor nominated for both an Academy Award for Best Actress (Carmen Jones) and later a Golden Globe for her performance in Porgy and Bess.

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"Sojourner Truth" 

by Eden Sunday

Sojourner Truth spent the years prior to the Civil War ‘sojourning’ throughout north-eastern and mid-western states, preaching and teaching on issues such as women’s experiences in slavery, religious freedom, and abolition. Her reputation as an orator and teacher quickly grew, a fact made all the more remarkable as English was not her first language.

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"Angela Davis"

by Kate Mellon-Anibaba

Jails and prisons are designed to break human beings, to convert the population into specimens in a zoo - obedient to our keepers, but dangerous to each other.

Activist, author, and professor, Angela Davis was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on January 26, 1944. Active at an early age in the Black Panthers and the Communist Party, Davis also formed an interracial study group and volunteered for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee while still in high school.

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"Janisha Fonville"

by Sasha Santer Hill

Janisha Fonville was 20 years old when Officer Anthony Holzhauer murdered her in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2015. Janisha was killed after her girlfriend called 911 in an attempt to help her get mental health treatment. Officer Holzhauer had previously killed another person while on duty and received no charges in either case.

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"Diane Nash"

by Jen Nachmanoff

Diane Nash grew up in Chicago and attended Howard University in Washington D.C. and Fisk University in Nashville.  Her first-hand experiences with Jim Crow and racial segregation in the South inspired her to become an activist, organizing and supervising non-violent protests on the Fisk campus, and leading a series of lunch counter sit-ins.

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"Tanisha Anderson"

by Danielle Fodor

Tanisha Anderson was a 37-year old Black woman and mother who suffered from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.  She had run a daycare and was interested in journalism.  She died on the street in front of her home when she was having what her mother described as “one of her bad days.”

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"Laverne Cox"

by Kate Mellon-Anibaba

When you put love out in the world it travels, and it can touch people and reach people in ways that we never even expected.

Laverne Cox is best known for her role as Sophia Burset on Orange Is the New Black, but she is also a powerful advocate for LGBTQ rights.

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"Stacie Abrams"

by Sarah Zimmerman

Stacey earned degrees from Spelman College, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and Yale Law School.

She put her education to work to better the lives of Georgians through the government, nonprofit, and business sectors

Abrams was the first black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in the United States.

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"Mary Church Terrell" 

by Eden Sunday

Surely nowhere in the world do oppression and persecution based solely on the color of the skin appear more hateful and hideous than in the capital of the United States, because the chasm between the principles upon which this Government was founded, in which it still professes to believe, and those which are daily practiced under the protection of the flag, yawn so wide and deep.

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"Ella Baker"

by Jen Nachmanoff

"Charleena Lyles" 

by Ruth Santer

Charleena Lyles was a 30 year-old mother of four who was tragically shot and killed by Seattle Police on June 18, 2017 after she called to report a burglary. She was pregnant with a fifth child at the time of her death.

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"Sandra Bland"

by Kate Mellon-Anibaba

Show me, in history, where all lives matter.

Show me, in history, where there has been liberty and justice for all.

I am here to change history. I am ready to do what I need to do for this next generation.

It’s time for me to do God’s work.

The 2015 death of twenty-eight-year-old Sandra Bland in a Texas jail cell helped serve as a reminder that Black Lives Matter meant Black women as well. 

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"Audre Lord"

'by Kate Mellon-Anibaba

In her lifetime, activist Ella Baker was affectionately known as “Fundi,” a title which in Swahili means a person who teaches a craft to the following generation. She earned the title as a civil rights trail blazer and as an important mentor to a generation of young leaders of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

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Editor, teacher, writer, cultural and community worker, Toni Cade Bambara on March 25, 1939 in New York City. Deeply affected by the Black Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, Toni's mother encouraged her to write, and even instructed Toni's teachers about African American history. One classmate remembers that Toni was also outspoken, and smart—she graduated high school six months early.

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The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house.

A self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” Audre Lorde dedicated both her life and her creative talent to confronting and addressing injustices of racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia.

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"Harriet Tubman" 

by Eden Sunday

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. 

Born into slavery in Maryland, Harriet Tubman escaped to freedom in the North in 1849 and helped create the Underground Railroad.

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"Storme DeLaverie"

by Danielle Fodor

It was a rebellion, it was an uprising, it was civil rights disobedience – it was no damn riot.

Stormé DeLarverie, a gay rights activist best known for her part in the Stonewall uprisings, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1920. Stormé was born to an African American mother who was a servant to a white homeowner, her father.

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Join us for our FACEBOOK LIVE event Friday, October 9th from 5:30 - 7:30 PM or IN PERSON on October 9th in Downtown Davis from 5:00 - 8:00 PM.

 

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2020 -- 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM -- DOWNTOWN DAVIS, CA

An outdoor art walk in remembrance of African American Women civil rights heroes and victims of police brutality. Proceeds will benefit African American and BIPOC girls and the artists in our community.

 

ART WALK ROUTE:

 

Your art walk route can start at any one of our locations: The Paint Chip at E. Street Plaza,  Armadillo Music, The Avid Reader, and Davis Commons (old site of Mikuni's, soon-to-be home of Burma Eats). Feel free to design your own viewing route using social distancing! (See ART. IN. ACTION press release.)

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Inauguration Day Dance Party!

Join us in celebrating democracy with a free virtual dance party with DJ Vallas.

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

6:00-7:00 PM

Zoom

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