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“The arc

of the moral universe

is long,

but it bends

towards

justice.”

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The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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IPROMISETOTELL_2015_CATHERINELJOHNSONIPROMISETOTELL                                                            Catherine L. Johnson 2015

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17 November 2016/ Germany

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Our POTUS Obama reminds us to stay vigilant,
fight for things like free speech and other civil liberties.
Our POTUS making appeals to honor and for reason and upholding civility 
during this time of unprecedented turbulence in America
with the President-Elect who summoned/ called out
the opposite of the Better Angels of our Nature.

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humanity_whitewash_catherineljohnson_2013_-17nov2016HUMANITY PORTFOLIO: WHITEWASH                               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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NO  WHITEWASHING!

Truth RISING/ RISING Truth

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Police Officer Who Shot

Philando Castile

Charged With Manslaughter

The officer fired SEVEN times
into the car Castile was driving with his girlfriend and her young daughter

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A Minnesota police officer has been charged with second-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting Philando Castile during a July traffic stop in a Saint Paul suburb. 

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Officer Jeronimo Yanez of the St. Anthony Police Department faces a total of three felony charges: one charge of second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi announced Wednesday morning. 

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“Based upon our thorough and exhaustive review of the facts of this case, it is my conclusion that the use of deadly force by Officer Yanez was not justified,” Choi told reporters. “No reasonable officer ― knowing, seeing and hearing what Officer Yanez did at the time ― would have used deadly force under these circumstances.”

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“Philando Castile was not resisting or fleeing. He was respectful and compliant. He volunteered, in good faith, that he had a firearm ― beyond what the law requires,” Choi said.

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“His dying words

were in protest

that he wasn’t reaching

for his gun.”

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Thank you for your moral COURAGE/strength,

John Choi, Ramsey County Attorney!

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Choi’s decision

illuminated/served

Minnesota

as a

strong/clear COURAGEOUS beacon

of

telling the truth

based on

objective fact

not  

“preferred  fact/wishes”.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/philando-castile-charges_us_582c8fdfe4b058ce7aa86e4e
http://www.twincities.com/2016/11/16/rosario-john-choi-philando-castile-police-shooting-st-anthony-mn-falcon-heights-st-paul/

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BEAUTIFUL!

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NYC Mayor de Blasio

Tells the TRUTH tTrump:  

MY citizens are fearful!

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“I also raised concerns
about some of the messages and some of the rhetoric
that for so many people have been hurtful,” de Blasio said.
“And I let him know that so many New Yorkers were fearful,
and that more had to be done
to show that this country can heal,
that people are respected.”

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BEAUTIFUL!

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LAPD Police chief Charlie Beck

says his Police Department

will NOT change its stance

on immigration enforcement

despite Donald Trump’s pledge

to deport millions

of undocumented immigrants!

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BEAUTIFUL!

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Presidential candidate

Hillary Clinton,

who WON the POPULAR vote

and

LOST the Presidential Election,

RISES!

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Hillary Clinton delivered her first public remarks
since her concession speech last week,
briefly addressing the election results
during her speech at the Children’s Defense Fund event.
“I will admit,”
she said,
“coming here tonight wasn’t the easiest thing for me.
There have been a few times this past week
when all I wanted to do
was just to curl up with a good book
and
our dogs
and
never leave the house again.”

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And then, a few minutes later,
she said this:
“I know many of you are deeply disappointed about the results of the election.
I am too, more than I can ever express,
but as I said last week, our campaign was never about one person or even one election.
It was about the country we love
and
about building an America that is hopeful, inclusive, and big-hearted.”
Clinton added,
“I didn’t get into public service to hold high office.”

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NEVER, EVER, GIVE UP!

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BEAUTIFUL!

 

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18 Nov 2016: VP -Elect Pence attends HAMILTON

The cast delivers a post-performance to Pence:

a message of their DIVERSITY

 stating their FEARS  the Trump administration

“will NOT protect us”.

 

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BEAUTIFUL!

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 COURAGE/COUER

EMERGENT r/evolUtions

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergence

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AMAZING GRACE/ SYNERGISTIC BLOOMS

Breaking Through/ RISING / Standing UP!!!

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 Hear Clifford Brown’s JOY SPRING!

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CALL/RESPONSE

of  

GOSPEL/ HALLELUJAH 

of

HOPECOURAGELIGHT

RISING

breaking through/over

FEAR!

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Individual Americans’

and 

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’S

singular + collective conscience 

are

slowly/suddenly

awakening

to the REAL facts/ TRUTHS

and  

the true internal + external

IMPACT/dire consequences 

of

NOT stepping UP

of

NOT telling

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NOT LIVING the TRUTH!

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FREEDOM FIGHTERS!

1960s

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“Courage is an inner resolution

to go forward despite obstacles…

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Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances.

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Courage breeds creativity.

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Cowardice represses fear and is mastered by it.

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Cowardice asks the question, is it safe?

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Expediency ask the question, is it politic?

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Vanity asks the question, is it popular?
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But conscience ask the question, is it right?

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And there comes a time

when we MUST 

take a position

that is neither safe,

nor politic, nor popular,

but one MUST take it

because

it is RIGHT.”

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A genuine leader

is not a searcher

for consensus

but

a molder of consensus.

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The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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BEAUTIFUL!

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Truth telling is RISING!

Truth RISING/ RISING Truth

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The

COURAGE/COUER

of

telling/LIVING

the

TRUTH

of

y/our 

HOPES/BETTER ANGELS

is

RISING!

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NO WHITEWASHING!!!!

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humanity_whitewash_catherineljohnson_2013_-17nov2016HUMANITY PORTFOLIO: WHITEWASH                                   Catherine L. Johnson 2013    

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EXCITING!

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YES,

this

is

the chrysalis stage,

the awakening,

before

the WINGS are unfurled

and

F/LIGHT

RISES!!!!!

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chrysalis

/ˈkrɪsəlɪs/
noun (pl) chrysalises, chrysalides (krɪˈsælɪˌdiːz)
1.
the obtect pupa of a moth or butterfly

2.
anything in the process of developing

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Word Origin and History for chrysalis
n.
c.1600, from Latin chrysallis, from Greek khrysallis (genitive khrysallidos)
“golden colored pupa of the butterfly,” from khrysos “gold,”
perhaps of Semitic origin (cf. Hebrew and Phoenician harutz “gold”)
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second element meaning something like “sheath.”

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News
Nov 16 2016, 10:16 pm ET

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/post-truth-oxford-dictionaries-word-year-2016-n685081

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‘Post-Truth’

Is

Oxford Dictionaries’

Word of the Year

for

2016!

HA!

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by Alex Johnson

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This is how serious 2016 has been:
A year after it picked an emoji as its Word of the Year for 2015,
Oxford Dictionaries on Wednesday said 2016
was best characterized by a word
that questions the concept of facts themselves:

POST- TRUTH.

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The dictionary publisher defined post-truth as

relating to or denoting circumstances

in which objective facts are less influential

in shaping public opinion than appeals

to emotion and personal belief.”

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It’s essentially a refinement of

truthiness,

Stephen Colbert’s 2005 coinage,
which was the American Dialect Society’s
Word of the Year 11 years ago:

the quality of preferring

concepts or facts

one wishes to be true,

rather than concepts or facts

known to be true.”

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*UNBELIEVABLE

OUR AMERICAN LIFE OF  DENIAL, AVOIDANCE + CONVENIENCE.  
Pathetic, imprisoning fear as a commodity, a contagion, a lifestyle.
Testament of  an active choice to cling to habits than moving forward.
HALLOWEEN 365 scary DAYS A YEAR. BOO!

That is NOT character or LIVING a LIFE.

LIVING LIES IS NOT FREEDOM.

LIVING LIES IS A SLOW SOUL DEATH.

A river cannot stay still or its waters will become foul.
The sun RISES.

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WE  MUST BREATHE!

WE WILL BREATHE!

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The TEMPLATE of  RISING:

IMPROVISATIONAL MUSIC.

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ARTIST/LEADERS

whose

LIFE work

is

TELLING THE TRUTH

are

the

HURRICANE LAMPS.

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ARTISTS

MUST

BE

THE 

FIERCE /PASSIONATE

FREEDOM FIGHTERS

NOW!

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COMMITMENT/2017

BE THE RISING TRUTH /  LIVE REAL TRUTH

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Practice

the

INTEGRITY  

of

COURAGE/COUER

of

telling/LIVING

the

TRUTH

of

WHO/WHY

you/we

ARE

with

LIGHTLOVEGRACE.

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BEAUTIFUL  INTEGRITY

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NO WHITEWASHING

because

of

FEAR!

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RISE!

BEAUTIFUL!

RISE!

BEAUTIFUL!

RISE!

BEAUTIFUL!

RISE!

BEAUTIFUL!

RISE!

BEAUTIFUL!

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EXCITING!

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We/YOU

are

LIGHT/ENERGY

+

GREATER

than y/our

shadows!

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BEAUTIFUL!

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catherine_jaspar_16nov2016_truthtelling_riseFREEDOM FIGHTER SEEKING/DISCOVERING the RISE/TRUTH of LIGHTLOVEGRACE

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SUBLIME BEAUTY OF IMPROVISATIONAL FREEDOM

Billy Higgins + Anthony Cox

 

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BEAUTIFUL!

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GINGKOWINGS_RISERISERISEWEWILLRISE_2014_CATHERINELJOHNSONGingko/ WINGS: WEWILLRISE                                                Catherine L. Johnson 2014

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Gingko/WINGS 2013-2014 series:
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/ginkgo-wings-portfolio-2013-2014-ginkgo-wings-riseriseirisewewillriserise-2014-ginkgo-symbol-of-hope-tenacity-profound-endurance-maria-callas-sempre-libera-la-traviata/

 

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Please click on link to explore how my art is an agent/vehicle of social justice.
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/02/08/my-art-pursues-the-beauty-of-realization-rather-than-perfect-beauty-my-workart-is-a-communication-vehicle-catherine-l-johnson/

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“My art pursues the beauty of realization rather than perfect beauty.”

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“My work/art is a communication vehicle.”

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CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

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Like a garden and a gardener: what blooms/flourishes in a nation reveals what it sows / tends / values and ultimately cherishes. + “Darkness cannot drive out darkness…” + “Hate cannot drive out hate…” + The Trump “BRAND” is NOT the character of an authentic leader in the WORLD’s theatre + What is “CALLING OUT” VIOLENCE/HATE/FEAR IN THE HUMAN HEART? + What is “CALLING OUT” THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE? + What is the CONTENT OF CHARACTER to be PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA?

Like a garden and a gardener, what blooms/flourishes in a nation reveals what it sows, tends, values and ultimately cherishes.

2016_garden

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THE RHETORIC/ART OF:
FEAR/HATE/VIOLENCE/DIVISIVENESS/THREATENING
MOVING BACKWARDS
 VERSUS
CREATIVITY/EMPATHY/DIVERSITY/WELCOMING
MOVING FORWARD

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness,

only light can do that.”

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Hate cannot drive out hate,

only love can do that.”

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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THE TRUMP BRAND IS NOT THE CHARACTER

OF A LEADER

 IN THE WORLD’S THEATRE.

GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s incendiary rhetoric history

https://i2.wp.com/inthesetimes.com/images/articles/trump_flicker_face_yess.jpg

http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2016/03/12/donald-trump-protesters-rhetoric-history-orig-vstan-dlewis.cnn/video/playlists/donald-trump/
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secondary_option_160314_trump_rally3_ap_1160 (2).jpgProtesters wait before dawn, outside a church at Lenoir-Rhyne University before a March 14 rally
for Donald Trump in Hickory, North Carolina. | AP Photo

 

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An Open Letter To

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President Obama:

Campaign rhetoric is ‘vulgar and divisive’

Published on Mar 15, 2016
President Obama comments on the Donald Trump BRAND and the GOP at a Democratic fundraiser:
http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2016/03/12/obama-mocks-trump-steaks-wine.cnn/video/playlists/donald-trump/

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PLEASE CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE

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HUMANITY SERIES : FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN_CATHERINE L.JOHNSON 2013; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;HUMANITY SERIES: FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN   Catherine L. Johnson 2013

 

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WHAT IS  CALLING OUT  VIOLENCE/HATE/FEAR

IN THE HUMAN HEART?

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/to-dream-the-impossible-dream-my-anthem-as-a-young-girl-can-violence-become-an-art-form-diddoes-picassos-guernica-1937-inspire-violence-can-you-hear-the-shrieks-did-the-silent-shriek/

 

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CAN THE VEHICLES

OF ART / AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP 

CALL OUT

“THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE”?

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HUMANLY POSSIBLE: THE EMPATHY EXHIBITION

INSTINCT Art Gallery*

A REMARKABLE EXHIBITION + A TIMELY ORACLE.

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(* On 12 March 2016, INSTINCT permanently closed its doors)

REVIEW_MARY ABBE_HUMANLY_POSSIBLE_THE_EMPATHY_SHOW_PUBLISHED_MPLS_STRIB_1JAN2016__CORRECTED

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/01/02/review-humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art-gallery-the-path-to-empathy-by-mpls-star-tribune-art-critic-mary-abbe-published-new-year-s-day-2016/

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 “HAMILTON”

ORIGINAL BROADWAY PLAY

by

Lin-Manuel Miranda

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamilton_%28musical%29
Miranda said that the portrayal of Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson,
George Washington, and other Caucasian historical figures
by black and Hispanic actors should not require
any substantial suspension of belief by audience members 
“Our cast looks like America looks now, and that’s certainly intentional,” he said.
“It’s a way of pulling you into the story and allowing you
to leave whatever cultural baggage you have about the founding fathers at the door.”
He noted “We’re telling the story of old, dead white men but we’re using actors of color,
and that makes the story more immediate and more accessible to a contemporary audience.”

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President Obama Welcomes the Broadway Cast of “Hamilton”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3bNmhbvU2o 

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Hamilton cast performs “Alexander Hamilton” at White House
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPrAKuOBWzw

 

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‘Hamilton’ Cast Performs Hit Musical At White House
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBP81kqpydE

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Hamilton cast performs “My Shot” at White House
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEHKBckBcr4

 

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Performs at the White House Poetry Jam/ 2009
Writer and star of the Broadway musical In the Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda
performs “The Hamilton Mixtape” at the White House Evening
of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word on May 12, 2009.
Accompanied by Alex Lacamoire.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNFf7nMIGnE

 

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‘Hamilton’ creator freestyles with Obama at White House
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nImHqgraKus

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John Coltrane – Peace on Earth – Live in Japan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqyznfmsPuk
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/peace-on-earth-john-coltrane-live-in-japan-1966-2508-japan-meditatations-catherine-l-johnson-2011/
http://www.johncoltrane.com/

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Charles Lloyd – Lotus Blossom

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBLuFOrAa_0
http://www.charleslloyd.com/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/charles-lloyd-mpls-snow-blizzard-to-charles-divine-fire-charles-sacred-sonics-with-the-collective-genius-of-bill-frisell-reuben-rogers-eric-harland-2-february-2016-the-dakota-aka-low/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/08/02/charles-lloyd-dorothy-darr-catherine-l-johnson-30-june-2015-lowell-picketts-living-room-aka-the-dakota/

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We, as citizens of the United States of America,
cannot be bystanders to
VIOLENCE/FEAR/HATE.

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We share a moral obligation to our Constitution: ALL ARE CREATED EQUAL;
to the improvisational nature of America: A WORK IN PROGRESS;
a force of light,
not darkness and walls and division,
to the world’s theatre and roundtable;
and
we must be a template of practicing democracy, opening up vistas of humanity,
knowing OUR President is to dynamically represent
what we, as a nation, cherish.

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Our President is not a BRAND or a reality show!
Our President needs the content of character of a mountain’s summit;
the sweet+ fierce light of dawn in deep despair;
the  intellectual capacity to move/bend/push/pull
like the strong currents of the Mississippi River;
practice the clear sight of the vast blue sky;
to persevere/prevail like the pine tree in a tempest;
to listen to the songs of other nations- and hear what is unfamiliar;  
the capacity/humility to negotiate, multi-spherically, with other nations;
to welcome innovation + foresight+ generate questions before answers;
possess the maturity/patience to wait in the turbulent seas of ambiguity in negotiation;
the courage and compassion to step up to social injustices of /for ALL;
to be a dignified and creative vehicle of humanity
and
to be “the better angels of our nature”.

Describe INTEGRITY.

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CLJ
15 March 2016
The Ides of March
Charles Lloyd’s  + my nephew Will’s birthday and the date when Caesar was betrayed.

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Like a garden and a gardener, what blooms/flourishes in a nation reveals what it sows, tends, values and ultimately cherishes.

2016_garden

 

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CATHERINE L. JOHNSON ART

THE ART of CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

Michele Needs a Kidney

How can someone help?

CATHERINE L. JOHNSON ART

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