Chairman Julian Bond was joined at Marquette University
by Wis. Gov. Jim Doyle, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett,
a pleased crowd of city, county and state officials
and corporate and community leaders at a ceremony to
kick off the organization’s annual convention.
This was the first time Milwaukee hosted the NAACP
Quilts tell the story
NAACP celebrates artist’s
When the NAACP Convention came to Milwaukee in July, the
conventioneers made a special visit to Marquette’s Patrick
and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art. Led by NAACP Chairman
Julian Bond, they proudly launched the organization’s
annual conference by joyfully celebrating the labors of Gwendolyn
Magee, an artist who has stitched the experiences of African-Americans
into incredible quilts.
of the Spirit Exhibit was
organized by the Mississippi
Museum of Art and brought to
the Haggerty Museum of Art through a collaboration between
the Marquette Educational Opportunity Program and the NAACP.
It is the first survey of Magee’s work.
The show included
12 quilts, each depicting an image from the hymn Lift
Every Voice and Sing. Some are breathtakingly beautiful and some
capture horrors in cloth of lynchings, cross burnings and
slavery. Together, they give voice to Magee’s feelings about slavery,
civil rights and racism and reflect the undaunted spirit and
faith of the African-American community.
Magee Portfolio and Bio
• Lyrics to "Lift Every Voice and Sing"
Feature/Audio: "Lift Every Voice and Sing"
• Mississippi Museum
• NAACP Web Site