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THE HUMANITY PORTFOLIO

2013

 

 

 

 

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 CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I Have A Dream”

28 August 1963

REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING’S HISTORICAL
“I HAVE A DREAM”  SPEECH
CAME FROM HIS HEART
-NOT FROM NOTES. 
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Toward the end of its delivery, internationally renown gospel singer Mahalia Jackson
 shouted to King from the crowd,

 “Tell them about the dream, Martin.”

 King stopped delivering his prepared speech
and
started
“preaching”,
punctuating his points with
“I have a dream.”

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Any dominant culture in a society
has shaped optics
that sees the world
exclusively
according to
THEIR values + THEIR needs
-which are then translated into external structures:
systems, institutions, consciousness,
semiotics and laws
that upholds a specific
crystallized
worldview.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And, then there is the “other”,
the outside, the foreign, the feared,
that does not resonate
with the dominant culture’s optics.
The “other” is deemed invisible; less than, aberrant; threatening, etc.
A dynamic is established to keep the “other” blind, begging and blamed.
The “other” can be in multiples in a society,
yet,
their presence is cancelled.

WHITEWASHED.

The shaped optics are rigid
 and
are held with a tight, death grip
-blindly, gripping
because of the terror of dissolution
of  the withstanding power matrix
-the  signifier identity of a dominant culture.
No dialogue.
No empathy.
No courage.
No invitation to the table,
 welcoming and praising
of how God’s gifts
are shaped in  a wide +  deep spectrum
of diverse blooms.
 A dominant culture sees their optics and practices as right,
and
cannot empathize with the “other”.
There is no incentive/motivation/purpose
to understand,
participate
and
acknowledge
the reality of the “other”.
 
Losing control is a visceral FEAR of a dominant culture
 and
judgement of  the “other”
is a practice of differentiating the “other”
that  protects the  exclusivity/privilege
upheld by the the dominant culture.
 
 
 
 

The dominant culture defines normal.

 

 

CRITICAL DISCOURSE

What are the VALUES of the dominant culture?

Who does the dominant culture uphold?

 A dominant culture can be entangled truths, compromised truths,

lies that when arbitrary and agreed upon a group of people can gain momentum,

a centrifugal force, that binds the people together tighter and tighter.

Once bound, it takes great courage of a single individual to step out and UP

to question the veracity, explore the veracity and break free.


 
The dominant culture does not have to be the majority of a population.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The shaped optics are a contortion/distortion
that becomes imprinted
in the heart and spine of the individual
and
the society as whole.
The practice of  the other “wishing” they had the bluest eye;
did not limp; did not live in a chair;
did not wear the color of skin they were born in
sows the cruel seeds of inhumanity.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The dominant culture steals freedom  of one’s birthright:
breath.
Yahweh.
Inhale.
Exhale. 
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And, then there is an exquisite r/evolution
where  the humanity of humanity
 seizes
and
the breath of life expands.
Calling out the truth.
Calling out the truth.
Calling out the truth.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I SEE YOU.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I feel the voices, the choir of voices,
whose I AM HUMAN
stories/ expressions/ cries for justice
have been denied and made invisible.
 
I know the story from my own birth and life narrative.
My anthems as a child:
WE SHALL OVERCOME + TO DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 My beloved Dr. Mark B. Coventry
 gave me the template of Abraham Lincoln
as a blueprint of character to prevail no matter the tempest.
Of course, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
compounded my life template
as well as artists who are women
and
those whose divine gifts were larger
than their physical description.
“…judged by the content of their character!”

THE HUMANITY PORTFOLIO

2013

I created fifteen paintings
to commemorate the

MARCH on WASHINGTON FOR FREEDOM + JOBS.

I did NOT know how many works would emerge.
I followed the sound of the silver horn within me,
the clarion sound that tumbled the walls of Jericho,
the Berlin Wall, the walls of apartheid,
the walls of domestic violence,
the walls of being voiceless and invisible, the walls of poverty,
the walls that makes one think they can dominate another
and
steal
their body + soul:
the walls of inhumanity.

THE MARCH TOWARD HUMANITY CONTINUES.

THE MARCH IS A GOSPEL SONG,

A SPIRITUAL,

A CALL + RESPONSE OF:

HUMANITY IS LOVE/LOVE IS HUMANITY.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CATHERINE L. JOHNSON
ARTIST 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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