1960 Who? “In 1962 I dropped out of Morehouse College to become a full-time organizer for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and went to Holly Springs, Mississippi where I stayed for six years protesting and going to jail for the right to vote.” - Frank Smith, PH.D.
During this weekend of giving thanks, I would like to express gratitude to my team, supporters, family, friends and elders. Walking in my shoes over the past 10 years surely has shown many rewards and challenges. Nonetheless, I am an Artist. Do something, and know you can do it!
Today I was interviewed by Georgia State University students, Colleen Zerlina Carrington and Monique Rackley, who are earning Master degrees in social work….. We discussed how artwork can encourage social change as I took them on a tour of the “1960 Who” walls. It was cold, but an awesomely special November day. Stay warm and look for these smart young women on artempoweringchange@fb.
Upon the 50 Anniversay of the Civil’s Right Movement this year, Birmingham Museum of Art presented “Etched In Collective History”, an exhibit curated by Dr. Jeffereen Hayes.The show featured artists having work inspired by the era as it honored the 4 little girls who transitioned in the 16th Street Baptist bombing. I stood next to my work from the Young Americans series and a photo of Denise McNair taken by her father.
During the kick-off for “1960 Who” street art series, I documented conversations with local Atlanta Historian, Nasir Muhammad. Subscribe to my YouTube channel, and stay tuned to find out more about the history of the David T. Howard school in Old Forth Ward.
Mamie King Chambers is documented in one of the most iconic photographs of the Civil Rights Movement on May 3, 1963. The image was taken by famous photographer, Charles Moore of Life magazine. Her identity was stolen in 1999 when a woman of Birmingham claimed she was the person in the photo on the Oprah Winfrey show. The real Mamie Chambers was watching. I’m so glad she will be apart of the “1960 Who?” street art series.
Team Project 1960 would like to thank writer Sally Hansell for spending time with us a few weeks ago to tour the “1960 Who” street art walls in ATL . Check out her story on the front page of Huffington Post, Art & Culture!