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We must accept

FINITE disappointment,

but  never lose

INFINITE hope.

In My Own Words,
a collection of 

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

sermons,
speeches, and writings
selected by his widow,

Coretta Scott King

 

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MPR News Presents

Former U.S. Attorney General

Eric Holder

and

Representative

John Lewis

Georgia

keynote addresses

on

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2020/01/20/mlk-day-keynotes-by-holder-and-lewis

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finite / perish / monologue

content / meandering / injustice

  succumb / conscientious / politic 

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MLK 

discerned

the

VIBRATION

of

EACH selected WORD

he used to

RE-WIRE

the brainbody
from the fear rooted pattern
spiral down of hopeless despair
to the risk of practicing

THE

SPIRAL UP

of

RADICAL HOPE!

Catherine L. Johnson

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ACTIONS UP!

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 THE HUMANITY PORTFOLIO

FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN                                                         Catherine L. Johnson 2013

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 EXODUSIMFREEATLASTIAINTGOINGBACKIMFREE                         CATHERINE L. JOHNSON 2013

 

 

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/fifteen-paintings-28-august-2013-the-humanity-portfolio-28-august-2013-the-50th-anniversary-of-the-march-on-washington-for-freedom-jobs-rev-dr-martin-luther-kings-i-have-a-dream-s/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/05/07/803-this-is-america-childish-gambino-aka-donald-glover-freshdriedbloodiamhuman/

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HUMANLY POSSIBLE:THE EMPATHY EXHIBITION

IWISHIKNEW                                                                                       Catherine L. Johnson   2011

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art-gallery-21-november-2015-16-january-2016-press-release/

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THE HALL OF LAMENT:

STAND YOUR GROUND FOR TRAYVON MARTIN

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/hall-of-lament-stand-your-ground-for-trayvon-martin-call-out-for-social-justice-moral-couragetruth-2012-st-paul-spring-art-crawl/

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ISAIAH

FIRST LIGHT @ NIGHT

TWO INSTALLATIONS WITH AUDIO

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/isaiah-and-first-light-night-multimedia-installation-catherine-l-johnson-dan-choma-spring-2013-st-paul-art-crawl/

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A STORY of THREE INDIVIDUALS

KINDNESS WARMS
HONORING INTEGRITY
IMPROVISATIONAL HUMANITY
15 January 2020

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The Ross Frame Shop

Minneapolis, Mn

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In Jim’s* own words
(*dear, dear, dear friend + my selected framer who knows the breath and dance of my art)

of his

special poignant encounter

with a

6 year old boy

on
15 January 2020.

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“A Mother and little boy came into the shop

towards closing.

I asked if she was her to “pick up”? 
She said no,
her son wanted to come in to meet me and see the shop.

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I smiled and introduced myself to him,
shook his hand
and said,

WOW!

I used to have choppers (leather mittens) just like yours!
Keeps your hands nice and warm, I remember. 
He smiled and agreed. 

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I then told him I have been here a long time
and
some of my customers children have already grown up,
and
they are even in their 40’s now!
The mom was amazed
and
I asked her to imagine her son as a 30 year old man,
if she could.
She said she could not!
I said, “Enjoy his age now,

he’s a wonderful six

but kids have a way of growing up before you know it.”
We talked about art
and
I said I have been doing this for a very long time,
and
what’s incredible, I still enjoy what I do!

I told the little boy to find something he loves

and
try to make that happen. 

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I told them their visit to my shop

made my day,

and
gave him some picture frame magnets to hold photos,
and
said they were welcome back anytime.

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This all came about from a little guy

looking out the school bus window
and

seeing me

day after day,
sometimes not,
and

wanted to know who I was!!! 

Amazing! “

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Please reflect and recall what was in your mind’s eye as you read this.
Now, please, cast the individuals in the below variables.
How does the ‘casting’ shift / challenge your perceptions / your comfort zone?

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JOHN RAWLS’ THEORY OF JUSTICE:
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2017/08/26/747-veil-john-rawls-theory-of-justice-the-veil-of-ignorance-the-little-prince-documentary-whose-streets/

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Jim, my dear friend and the framer, is:

black / differently-abled / white / brown / gay / straight / single / married 
what age / what faith / other variables

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The Mother is:

black / differently-abled / white / brown / gay / straight / single / married
what age / what faith / other variables

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The 6 year old boy is:

black / differently-abled / white / brown / gay / straight / trans 
what faith / other variables

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JOHN RAWLS’ THEORY OF JUSTICE:
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2017/08/26/747-veil-john-rawls-theory-of-justice-the-veil-of-ignorance-the-little-prince-documentary-whose-streets/

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RISE UP!

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STEP UP!

WORDS UP!

ACTIONS UP!

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ELEgancE #9  

Graphite pencil on Kraft paper.
An improvisation.
The drawn graphite lines

shift

from rich black lead color
to
luminous silver

with the interplay

of
 the ambient light
and
the position of the viewer

all in relation

to the contemporaneous variables.

Dynamic.

Intimate.
Dialectical.

Performance.

Attending.

Change is constant.

Movement in stillness.

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Life is not static nor fixed.

HABITS of perception / REACTING.

Conditioned optics shaped by arbitrary convention
and
hard-wired by continuous, repetitive practice
without questioning or awareness.

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A/LIVE

VISION/ary.

RADICAL hope.

SACRED listening.

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DARE to DREAM.

DARE to ACT.

DARE to MOVE FORWARD.

 

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ELEgancE #9                                                                                           Catherine L. Johnson 2019

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ELEgancE #9    (detail *)                                                                     Catherine L. Johnson 2019
*The iridescence in the graphite/black lead reflects the light and presents a luminous silver.

 

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Adafruit MLK hero 1

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NEW BREED LEADERS keep MOVING FORWARD!

They MUST
for it is the responsibility / meaning / life force
of their

DIVINE gifts.

Red Sea crossings.

EXODUS.

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EXODUSIMFREEATLASTIAINTGOINGBACKIMFREE                  CATHERINE L. JOHNSON 2013

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THE HUMANITY PORTFOLIO 2013
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/fifteen-paintings-28-august-2013-the-humanity-portfolio-28-august-2013-the-50th-anniversary-of-the-march-on-washington-for-freedom-jobs-rev-dr-martin-luther-kings-i-have-a-dream-s/

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Harris L. Wofford

9 April 1926 – 21 January 2019

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  Blessings of luminous grace and love to our cousins:
his daughter, Susanne Wofford;
his son, Dan Wofford; 
his son, David Wofford;
his husband, Matthew Charlton;
his beloved family;
to

ALL

social justice / civil rights

visionaries / activists

and
to his dedicated colleagues / collaborators,
past and present,

who

RISE FOR HUMANITY.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/
http://www.philly.com/opinion/commentary/harris-wofford-obituary-us-senate-20190128.html
http://www.startribune.com/harris-wofford-activist-who-served-in-senate-dies-at-92/504698852/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/selma-bloody-sunday-50th-anniversary-2015-rev-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-s-speech-how-long-not-long-harris-wofford-what-i-saw-at-selma-today-my-dear-friends-presence-as-a-fami/
https://www.npr.org/2019/01/22/687373085/harris-wofford-former-senator-civil-rights-activist-dies-at-92
http://www.philly.com/news/obituaries-harris-wofford-pennsylvania-civil-rights-martin-luther-king-jfk-bryn-mawr-college-20190122.html
https://www.nationalservice.gov/newsroom/other-news/2019/remembering-harris-wofford
https://charlierose.com/videos/13481

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NEWBREEDLEADERAWCYOUMOVEFORWARDBECAUSEYOUMUSTYOURLIFEISTORISEANDTOBESEENLOVED

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HUMANITY PORTFOLIO: WHITEWASH                                          Catherine L. Johnson 2013

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HUMANITY PORTFOLIO: FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN Catherine L. Johnson 2013

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HUMANITY PORTFOLIO: WHATCOLOROFSKINDOYOUWEAR Catherine L. Johnson 2013

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HUMANITY PORTFOLIO: EXODUSIAIN’TGOINGBACKFREE Catherine L. Johnson 2013

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THE HUMANITY PORTFOLIO
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DEDICATED TO THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/fifteen-paintings-28-august-2013-the-humanity-portfolio-28-august-2013-the-50th-anniversary-of-the-march-on-washington-for-freedom-jobs-rev-dr-martin-luther-kings-i-have-a-dream-s/

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FIFTY YEARS!

I remember.
He was my hero,
my hurricane lamp,
my light tower,
my template…
My life aligned me with civil rights and social justice issues.
I chose to rise.
MLK created a path/template of FIERCE grace and RADICAL hope.

 

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“… BUT

WHATEVER

YOU DO

YOU HAVE TO

KEEP MOVING

FORWARD!”

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 PRECIOUS LORD

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