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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://i0.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/
https://i0.wp.com/i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01567/mussolini1_1567977a.jpg
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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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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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https://i0.wp.com/40.media.tumblr.com/a581b6ef13e29d70fe175a6649779924/tumblr_nv169k7M4h1qzls93o1_1280.jpg

 “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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BIZ_CARD_ICANFEEL_CATHERINELJOHNSON_2015

 

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https://catherineljohnson.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/humanity_exodusfreeatlastiaintgoingbackimfree_catherineljohnson_2013_2a.jpg 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/

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THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
http://rolexblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/martin-luther-king-jr-day-in-usa.html

I Am A Man, Sanitation workers assemble outside Clayborn Temple, Memphis, TN, 1968.
“One of the most extraordinary and least understood aspects
of Dr. Martin Luther King’s leadership
was his incisive understanding
of the power of visual images to alter public opinion,”
says Maurice Berger,
 standing in front of an oversize silk-screen portrait
of the slain civil rights leader.
 Berger, who is a professor at the University of Maryland,
 Baltimore County’s Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture,
is the man behind a moving and expansive new exhibition
documenting the effect of imagery on the civil rights movement
 for the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Read more:
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/The-Power-of-Imagery-in-Advancing-Civil-Rights.html#ixzz1jZp3R5v3
THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
 Memphis sanitation workers
THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

I Am A Man

THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Lorraine Motel balcony

THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Martin Luther King. Jr.’s most favored gospel song/hymn:

Mahalia Jackson Precious Lord, Take My Hand

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0a8RNdnhNo

Aretha Franklin Precious Lord, Take My Hand

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1b9qH6-IvEs

Thomas A. Dorsey Precious Lord, Take My Hand

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlmCflPD2s8&feature=fvst

(Marion Williams vocalist)

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THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

I Have a Dream Video
Watch the Full 17-min
I Have a Dream Speech Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smEqnnklfYs
THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
He was my hero.
PERIOD.
I was bound as a child.
I was invisible-
a minority that can occur at birth or at any time in life.
I was born with a “turned about”  body,
a voice,
a creative talent
and
courage
and
compassion
and
a bold, persevering spirit
that overcame
the definitions and boundaries and boxes
imposed on
and
of
me.

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And, I knew the fire and wing within me.
I was determined to walk, to stand,
and
to step up to the majesty of my Divine destiny.
As a child,
I would listen to Martin Luther King. Jr.’s speeches
and hear direct stories of him
and
my solar plexus
would ignite!
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I understood being silenced, suppressed
and
the  soaring strength
it takes to shatter
stereo-types,
prisons of perception,
 upheld by
 the arrogance and privileges and hierarchical
injustices
practiced  and protected
by
 the dominant culture.
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And,
I had a magnet
that attracted
kindness, courage, free souls, strength,
empathy and compassion
of
social renegades/revolutionaries who defied convention
who were true to their hearts
and
to their
True North,
hurricane lamps of love,
faith and loyalty-
mavericks
and
creative genius-
all knew and called out the Divine
within
humanity.
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My walk and my “walk”.
Blessed to uphold and see the blessings within others.
Perhaps, this capacity was shaped in the crucible
of stillness and silence of
my early years.
I knew I would only be understood
and be able to sing/run with other ancient souls-
those whose lives have known trial and tribulation-
and still had the capacity and depth
to see the first pure light
in the deepest, darkest night
of the soul.
HOW I GOT OVER.
WE SHALL OVERCOME.
A gift.


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My Mother’s cousin
Emmy Lou /Claire Lindgren Wofford
 knew him
and
 her husband Harris Wofford
 knew him well,
advised and marched with him
and
wrote about him.
Of Kennedys And Kings: Making Sense of the Sixties
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, Ala. | AP Photo/File

“What I Saw at Selma”

King’s genius was that he knew when to thwart the law—and when to obey it.

March 07, 2015

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My Mother’s cousin, Emmy Lou aka Clare, was married to Harris Wofford.
Their marriage was a vow and a partnership for social justice and civil rights.

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“Martin Luther King Jr. liked to joke that I was the one member of his legal team
who would help him go to jail rather than using all the tricks of the trade to keep him out.
I’d originally connected with King after returning from travels in India in 1949, soon after Gandhi was assassinated.
My wife and I had followed Gandhi’s trail and gotten to know many of his supporters.
And while I was learning everything I could about Mahatma Gandhi, King was doing the same…”

“…This weekend, we mark half a century since Martin Luther King Jr. led the famous march from Selma to Montgomery, the last of three marches begun in Selma, Alabama, in March of 1965 to champion a voting rights act. But it would be a mistake to remember only that third march, which triumphantly reached the capitol steps in Montgomery—or the first terrible march, which ended in “Bloody Sunday” on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. To fully appreciate King’s skill as a leader, we need to remember the second march—the one that was cut short when King made the hard decision to comply with a temporary federal court injunction prohibiting a march and turn back to Selma instead of continuing on to Montgomery. At that pivotal moment, the quintessential American advocate of civil disobedience chose to obey the law blocking his path. And in so doing, King paved the way for the successful third march and then passage of the Voting Rights Act five months later…”

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/03/selma-march-harris-wofford-115852.html#ixzz3Tpy1FDnX
MY VALUES/ACTIONS ARE ALIGNED WITH THEIRS, and ALWAYS HAS: ACTIVIST FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE and CIVIL RIGHTS

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THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
MY HERO.
PERIOD.
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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https://i2.wp.com/www.newyorker.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/mlk-selma-montgomery-580.jpg

 

MLK’s “How Long, Not Long” Speech

Martin Luther King in Montgomery, Alabama on March 25, 1965.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAYITODNvlM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOubonZQEzM
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I believe we choose our alliances.
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scotta Scott King
were a formidable
alliance.
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An Anam Cara alliance
– Destiny, the Divine
and
 the Divining rod
that searches and finds
dignity, true blue love,
respect, honor
 and 
an intimacy that
continuously calls out
the best in the other.
Call and Response.
Improvisational.
SYNERGY.
Concentric circles and spirals 
evolving/ revolutionizing
the steps and the vision
up to the mountain top.
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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. + CORETTA SCOTT KING
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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor;
it must be demanded by the oppressed.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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 Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable…
Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice,
suffering, and struggle;
 the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for,
he isn’t fit to live.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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If we are to go forward, we must go back
and
rediscover those precious values
– that all reality hinges on moral foundations
and
that all reality has spiritual control.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
IWISHIKNEW 2011 #2 CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;IWISHIKNEW                                                                            Catherine L. Johnson 2011

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Nina Simone-I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aI-ezEtJ_-s

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