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BondNAACP 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 gathering.

Quilts tell the story

NAACP celebrates artist’s expression

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.

The Journey 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.

Gwendolyn Magee Portfolio and Bio
Lyrics to "Lift Every Voice and Sing"
NPR Feature/Audio: "Lift Every Voice and Sing"
Mississippi Museum of Art
NAACP Web  Site

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