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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
TO ENLARGE/DETAIL, PLEASE CLICK ON IMAGES
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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PLEASE CLICK TWICE ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE + FOR DETAIL!

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CITIZEN CATHERINE @ MINNESOTA STATE FAIR! 31 AUGUST 2017

*SHE/riff of FAIR PLAY IMPROV TOWN

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SEED ART.
PURPLE RIBBON = 7th PLACE

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https://i0.wp.com/cdn.onlyinyourstate.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/7925521302_e97e5d1fdb_o-700x464-700x464-1-700x464.jpgBUCKET of SwEEt MarTHA’s CooKIEs? YEs, aBSOLutELy!

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Meet Sweet Martha,

the Minnesotan who makes $4M in 12 days

selling cookies!

At the Minnesota State Fair,
the Sweet Martha’s operation can now produce
up to 3 million cookies on its busiest day. 
http://www.startribune.com/meet-sweet-martha-who-makes-4m-in-12-days-selling-cookies-at-the-fair/442433423/?om_mid=1660397001&om_rid=1660397001

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FAIR PLAY IMPROV TOWN

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WE AMERICANS ARE ALL CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

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LET US BE ONE PEOPLE.

RISE TO BE ONE PEOPLE.

POWER TO THE PEOPLE.

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ACTION BLESSINGS

TO OUR PEOPLE WHO

ENDURED/PREVAILED/SUFFERED

LOST THEIR LIVES

TO

HURRICANE HARVEY.

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http://www.pbs.org/special/black-history

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Underground Railroad: The William Still Story

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Slave Ship Plan
HELL SHIPS

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/26/Slave-ship.jpg/640px-Slave-ship.jpg

JMW Turner (1775-1851)
Slavers throwing overboard the Dead and Dying — Typhoon coming on (“The Slave Ship”)
1840
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Sweet Chariot:
THE STORY OF THE SPIRITUALS
File:SwingLowSweetChariot1873.jpg

 Swing Low Sweet Chariot

Kathleen Battle & Boys Choir of Harlem

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVyBjqY3r0k

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Etta James

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYbRwSjAir4&feature=related

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Paul Robeson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSb273c9tm4

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At the dinner table when I was home, was the
WHY CAN”T “THEY” PULL THEMSELVES
UP WITH THEIR OWN BOOTSTRAPS
ridicule/scorn/superiority/mockery/condescension
commentary.
I would explode.
My response to this arrogant narrow-minded
clueless hermetic world view:
How can you expect for a nation of people who were
kidnapped, bound,  families shattered, 
every individual stripped
of their
  humanity and dignity
 and
sold as a commodity, free labor- slaves,
pummeled, broken
into
submission,
seen as animals/children,
by
torture,
brutality,
rape,
by another human being
be expected by
the dominant white male culture,
with all the unconscious privileges bestowed,
to fulfill
the
“privileged white male dominate culture”
notion
of success.
Note: an expectation to “serve” !
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No responsibility for the consequences
of breaking the spine of another human being.
No responsibility of the deep scars of betrayal,
trust of man’s inhumanity to man.
No understanding that once free individuals
are made invisible,
used, owned, boxed, labeled, brutalized
generation after generation
from their homeland
where they were the strongest
and, perhaps,
the kings, the queens,
their template of  success, empowerment, the right to tell the truth
was
shredded and stolen and severed.
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Why was I they only one at my family dinner table to explode?
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I lived a life that was knowledgeable of the loss of humanity.
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Do not see me as a white person,
a white woman ,
with a set of  your consigned assumptions.
Because it would be false, lazy, superficial and a lie.
You do not know me.
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I would explode.
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FREEDOM
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WHY IS
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
 ONCE
A YEAR?
A month long dedicated to a people underscores what?
Telling the truth is a celebration of setting oneself free.
LISTENING TO THE TRUTH IS THE CELEBRATION.
Call and Response.
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To NOT need a
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
would be a benchmark of equality.
A transcendence, a transformation- out of a box.
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We the people…..
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My blood is red.
My heart beats.
I cry.
I laugh.
I love.
I hurt.
I hope.
I dream.
My heart has been broken.
I have been loved.
I sing.
I dance.
I desire.
I have five senses.
I breathe.
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“It’s all right to tell a man to lift himself
by his own bootstraps,
but it is cruel jest
to say to a bootless man
that
he ought to lift himself
by his own bootstraps.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
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