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The Fierce Urgency of Now | America's Marketing MotivatorAmerica's  Marketing Motivator

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Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Lincoln Memorial in 1963 on the Mall in Washington, D.C. AFP | Getty Images

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Understanding Martin Luther King’s complex legacy

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2021/01/18/kings-last-march

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EXCELLENT RESOURCE:
https://features.apmreports.org/arw/king/c1.html

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Martin Luther King Jr. in Sam Pollard’s MLK/FBI. Courtesy of IFC Films. An IFC Films Release.

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Documentary ‘MLK/FBI’

Humanizes

A Civil Rights Icon’s Legacy

https://www.npr.org/2021/01/15/956434450/mlk-fbi-humanizes-a-civil-rights-icons-legacy

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Even when dispensing life advice to Ebony readers, Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t reveal much about himself AFP/Getty Images

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Searching For Signs Of King’s Inner Life In His Advice Column

https://www.npr.org/2013/01/21/169910750/searching-for-signs-of-kings-inner-life-in-his-advice-column

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Stanford University’s King Papers Project is a trove of the late civil rights leader’s writings, from sermons to letters to world leaders and celebrities. That collection also contains King’s overlooked advice column, “Advice for Living,” which ran during the late 1950s in Ebony magazine…
But King was an actual human being, and not all that long ago. And despite the fact that so many people can readily summon his voice and visage, we still don’t know all that much about his inner life.
According to David Garrow, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his King biography Bearing the Cross, that’s the way King wanted it.
“It’s why he’s always out there in a dour, dark suit and a white shirt and a dark tie,” Garrow said. King felt that he was the face of black Americans; he wanted to be taken very seriously.
 
…King’s response? Maybe you should get over yourself.
“Lonesomeness and fearfulness almost always stem from an over absorption in self,” he says to her. “When one thinks only about his problems and misfortunes he cannot help living in fear and worry. First, you must rise above your misfortune enough to see that it is not so bad that it couldn’t be worse. Second, you must find proper avenues of escape from self pity. Cultivate a love for great music. Give yourself to some purpose or cause beyond yourself.”
…And there’s something humanizing about the experience of reading King, who in death has become a hero shorn of most of his controversial contours, and disagreeing with him — not even in grand terms but just because his opinions might be kind of annoying. On the occasion of his holiday, we should consider the fullness of him as a person with ordinary myopias, and not simply as an ideal or an idea. He’s certainly worthy of it.

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1968:

Municipal Workers, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Poor People’s Campaign

1968: Municipal Workers, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Poor People's  Campaign - UE Local 150

https://ue150.org/blog/1968-municipal-workers-martin-luther-king-jr-and-the-poor-peoples-campaign/

 

The Strike That Brought MLK to Memphis | History | Smithsonian Magazine
Opinion | How Memphis Gave Up on Dr. King's Dream - The New York Times

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George Floyd, fired officer overlapped security shifts at south Minneapolis  club | KSTP.com

The Story Behind The Mural At The George Floyd Memorial

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THE HALL OF LAMENT: STAND YOUR GROUND FOR TRAYVON MARTIN; Catherine L. Johnson;

THE HALL OF LAMENT:

STAND YOUR GROUND

FOR

TRAYVON MARTIN 

“You know if I had a son,
he’d look like
Trayvon Martin “
President Barack Obama

INSTALLATION

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Top 30 Black Panther GIFs | Find the best GIF on Gfycat

 

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Wakanda Forever Black Panther GIF - WakandaForever BlackPanther Marvel -  Discover & Share GIFs | Black panther, Marvel, Black panther marvel

Wakanda Forever. Rest in Peace, Chadwick Boseman.

RADICAL HOPE is ACTion.

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The Fierce Urgency of Now | America's Marketing MotivatorAmerica's  Marketing Motivator

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THIS

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THIS IS  TRUTH TELLING RAWBRILLIANCE

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FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN                                                         Catherine L. Johnson 2013

 

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IS  TRUTH

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ICANFEEL + MAS/SACRED LIVES + SUMMER 2015 + CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

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New Yorker interview with Donald Glover

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Glover explained his periodic career changes by saying,
“Authenticity is the journey of figuring out who you are through what you make.”
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/03/05/donald-glover-cant-save-you

 

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HERHYMNS: BE BRAVE                                                               Catherine L. Johnson  2013

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RESPECT

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A

REBUKE

to

TRUMP,

a

CENTURY

in the

MAKING

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By The  New York Times Editorial Board

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The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.

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Credit Ping Zhu

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Having a sexist in the Oval Office who curries favor with conservative religious groups is having dire consequences. Health workers in developing nations are preparing for a rise in unsafe abortions due to President Trump’s reinstatement of the global gag rule that prohibits federal funding of groups that provide abortion services or referrals. Here at home, his administration has been hostile not only to abortion access, but even to birth control.
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But Mr. Trump’s presidency is also having some effects he probably doesn’t intend. Rage at the election of a man who boasted about grabbing women’s genitals helped set off the #MeToo movement’s reckoning with sexual misconduct. A record number of women are running for office around the country, many of them announcing their candidacies after participating in women’s marches the day after Mr. Trump’s inauguration.
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And now, on Mr. Trump’s watch, feminists could reach a goal nearly a century in the making, and that many assumed would never come to pass — ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution. It states: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”
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The fight centers on Illinois, where the State Senate recently passed a bill to ratify the E.R.A. If the State House of Representatives also passes the legislation — supporters hope to see a vote next month, and are cautiously optimistic about the outcome — then Illinois will become the 37th state to ratify the amendment.
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Approval by just one more state would bring the measure to the three-quarters threshold required for constitutional amendments. There are a handful of good possibilities, including Florida, Virginia and Utah.

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Congress sent the measure to the states in 1972 with a seven-year deadline that was later extended to 1982. Thirty-five states signed on by 1977, then extensive conservative opposition arose, preventing further ratification. Nevada’s ratification last year was the first since then.
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This recent progress counts as dizzying, considering how long supporters have been at it. So long that one of the original writers of the amendment, Crystal Eastman, died in 1928 — she was only 47, granted, but her co-writer, Alice Paul, has also been dead for decades.
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An entire generation of feminists has come of age largely knowing the E.R.A. as their mothers’ and grandmothers’ fight. That’s if they know about the amendment at all — a 2016 poll conducted by E.R.A. supporters found that 80 percent of respondents thought the Constitution already explicitly guaranteed equal rights for women and men.

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There are some questions about what will happen if a 38th state ratifies the amendment, given that it would miss the deadline Congress set by at least 36 years, and five states have even voted to rescind their ratifications. But E.R.A. supporters and some legal experts make a plausible case that the amendment should still be recognized, pointing to, among other things, the 27th Amendment, on congressional pay, which was ratified more than 200 years after its passage by Congress, although no deadline had been set.

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Then there’s the question of what the E.R.A. would do. Even the most die-hard proponents of the amendment acknowledge that it’s unlikely to radically advance women’s rights, at least in the short term. That’s because, for decades, many courts have applied the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to sex discrimination, creating a body of case law that’s functioned as a sort of de facto E.R.A. As to whether the amendment could actually undo some programs that are beneficial to women, like sex-based affirmative action efforts, legal experts point to the fact that though the Constitution already protects the rights of people regardless of race, race-based affirmative action continues to exist. They also point to parts of the country that have state-level E.R.A.s and have not had such outcomes.
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The fight against the E.R.A. is being led by groups on the religious right like the Illinois Family Institute, using arguments that are the ideological heirs of those so vociferously expressed by Phyllis Schlafly, whose group Stop E.R.A. — the first word standing for “Stop Taking Our Privileges” — which became the Eagle Forum, prevented the E.R.A.’s ratification at the time.

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Those arguments include fearmongering about how coed locker rooms could become standard and alimony for women outlawed — arguments that are hard to take seriously but that nonetheless helped Mrs. Schlafly to very effectively convince Americans, including many women, that the E.R.A. was bad news. (Mrs. Schlafly, who died in 2016, would no doubt be appalled that her home state, Illinois, could now play such a pivotal role in ratification.)

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Another conservative talking point is that the E.R.A. would lead to abortion restrictions being struck down. That outcome is not at all certain, but it would help many women. (For obvious reasons, the anti-E.R.A. crowd already had to slink away from an argument that the amendment would lead to legalizing same-sex marriage.)

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Looking at everything the E.R.A. would not do raises the question of why it’s still needed. Here’s why it is: The court decisions that make up the “de facto E.R.A.” can be undone in a way a constitutional amendment cannot. The E.R.A. would add an extra layer of legal protection for women — and men — against discrimination. This could become especially important if Mr. Trump gets to pick additional conservative Supreme Court justices.

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There’s also a symbolic and emotional element to this fight that’s not to be discounted. Ruth Bader Ginsburg — who, before becoming a Supreme Court justice, fought many legal battles over gender discrimination and is a longtime supporter of the E.R.A. — summed up this argument in 2014.

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“I would like my granddaughters, when they pick up the Constitution, to see that notion — that women and men are persons of equal stature,she said. “I’d like them to see that is a basic principle of our society.”

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Enshrining women’s rights in the Constitution matters. Doing so now, during this presidency, would be particularly fitting.

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ROAR

 

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HERHYMNS: BE BRAVE                                                               Catherine L. Johnson  2013

 

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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 ON THE PAINTINGS TO ENLARGE AND FOR DETAIL.

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THE ORIGINAL PAINTINGS ARE FROM:
THE HUMANITY PORTFOLIO 2013  
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ICANFEELYOUR series 2015
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GRACE series 2017.

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FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN                                               Catherine L. Johnson 2013

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SIX

STEPS/PRACTICES

to MAKE America

more

CIVIL

AGAIN

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Rising hostility among competing political factions has spread to the general public in ways that will limit the success of any program arising from any political persuasion. 
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EXODUSIAMFREEATLASTIAINTGOINGBACK                        Catherine L. Johnson 2013

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ICANFEELYOUR  triptych                                                           Catherine L. Johnson 2015

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GRACE #1                                                                                           Catherine L. Johnson  2017

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Souls are STUNNED

by the absence

of humanity

and

civility.

We are cheated and deceived by the fraudulent,  false FB/Twitter lives
that people create for their “audience”.

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Showing UP with empathy
and
awareness

IS

living
an authentic and bountiful real life.

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Yes, it is a risk to enter the realm of living – the uncertainties of the unknown!
Yet, one ONLY blooooms by loving and being loved with integrity.
Oh, the adventure of LIVING
is to BECOME/ WELCOME
ALL the things YOU are!
LIFE can breathe and RISE with the LIGHTHOPE of civility.

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SERENITY PRAYER

 

Catherine L. Johnson
1 October 2017

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THE HUMANITY PORTFOLIO

2013

 

 

 

 

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/now-13-paintings-23-august-2013-updated-until-the-50th-anniversary-of-martin-luther-kings-march-on-washington-28-august-the-humanity-portfolio-2013-catherine-l-johnson/

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/the-humanity-portfolio-2013-catherine-l-johnson-humanity-blood-is-red-is-blood-red/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HUMANITY Portfolio: EXODUSFREEATLASTIAINTGOINGBACKIMFREE CATHERINE L JOHNSON AUGUST 2013; Catherine L. Johnson; EXODUSIMFREEATLASTIAINTGOINGBACKIMFREE                         CATHERINE L. JOHNSON 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 HUMANITY Portfolio: EXODUSFREEATLASTAINTGOINGBACK detail CATHERINE L JOHNSON 2013; Catherine L. Johnson;EXODUSIMFREEATLASTIAINTGOINGBACKIMFREE       detail             CATHERINE L. JOHNSON 2013

 

 

 

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EXODUSIMFREEATLASTIAINTGOINGBACKIMFREE

PAINTING #15  + LAST  PIECE IN THE HUMANITY PORTFOLIO

MEASURES 16″ H x 32 ” W

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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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http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-march-washington-50th-anniversary-music-songs-bob-dylan-20130829,0,2161787.story

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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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THE ART of CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

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