In Commemoration of the Civil Rights Movement

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My friend, Margaret McAlone, graciously invited me to go with her to this historic and inspiring evening.

Imagining having, all together in one room, these dynamic and caring women:

Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Retired TV news anchor Belva Davis

Belva Davis

Belva Davis

Daughter of the Reverend Abernathy, actress, producer, director, writer, Donzaleigh Abernathy

Donzaleigh Abernathy

Donzaleigh Abernathy

Daughter of President Lyndon Baines Johnson, business woman and activist, Luci Baines Johnson

Luci Baines Johnson

Luci Baines Johnson

Daughter of Senator Robert Kennedy, human rights activist and writer, Kerry Kennedy

Kerry Kennedy

Kerry Kennedy

Daughter of Governor George Wallace, activist for promoting racial healing, Peggy Wallace Kennedy.

Peggy Wallace Kennedy

Peggy Wallace Kennedy

The evening was put on by The Barbara Lee and Elihu Harris Lecture Series produced by Merritt College and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Center in Oakland, California.  The focus was the East Bay Commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 1963 events of the Civil Rights Movement.

Belva Davis was the moderator and we were lucky to hear her story before she began her introductions.   Ms. Abernathy spoke as I imagine he father must have – a very powerful and mesmerizing speech with a slide show of horrifying images of segregation in the South. She spoke of Martin Luther King, Jr., her godfather, and the time the family home was bombed and of her close friend who was seriously injured in the bombing of the church.

Ms. Johnson spoke of her experiences and what she knew of her father’s actions and feelings at the time.  Ms. Kennedy spoke of her remembrances and of her father’s actions while Ms. Wallace Kennedy spoke of living in the shadow of the day her father stood in the doorway blocking two African-American students from entering the university and integrating the school.  She now works to promote racial healing.

All the women were incredible speakers telling remarkable stories about a time of necessary change in our country.  I can’t imagine there was a dry eye during some of the talks and everyone left inspired.

To add to the evening the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir Ensemble honored us with their singing gospel and spiritual music.  It was a night I was thankful I experienced and am grateful for the work these women are doing to bring about continued changes.

For more on this event of the Daughters of the Civil Rights Movement please read the articles byLou Fancher in the Contra Costa Times and the article by Kevin L. Nichols.

 

 

Adventures in the Table Art Trade

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Recently I was asked to help with a photo shoot for Julian Hodges, gate builder extraordinary.   He had been asked to design and craft gates for a Walter Ratcliff Mediterranean home.  The purpose was to remove drafts and lower sound from nearby traffic so the courtyard could become a lovely place to dine.   I was asked to set the table for the photos of the finished gates.

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It was fun coming up with something that would fit well with the gates so I borrowed my friend’s lily pad placemats, used Julian’s inherited bone handled flatware, along with his wooden plates he had commissioned from an English pig farmer/wood turner, black linen linens I had made, Mexican bowls from an old San Miguel potter, Moroccan lanterns and ginkgo leaves from the neighbors trees.          

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Daniel Moore was the photographer. He quickly and beautifully put on “film” just the mood we were trying to create to show off the gates.

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A lovely setting and a satisfying adventure!

Beauty and Art

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Relaxing after lunch at Chez Panisse

Relaxing after lunch at Chez Panisse

Greetings from the ether of the blogging world!

These posts will focus on living with art in your daily life.   Creating art.  Noticing art.  Bringing beauty and creativity into every aspect of your life.  We will explore the world of art along with the act of living a life of discovery and contentment.

You will visit with people who have found ways to fit beauty and expressing themselves into their lives amidst the chaos of family and work.

Besides visual beauty and audial beauty, there is also kindness.  Graciousness and generosity of spirit bring happiness to those who deliver and receive. Beauty can be in a gesture.

You will see that there are many ways to find fulfillment by seeing things you may not have noticed before.  So come with me along this path and see where it takes us.  It will be an adventure for me too.

I’m interested in your thoughts and suggestions about where you find your happiness. Please feel free to share those in your comments.

With best wishes,

Lisa