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Saint George and the Dragon (Notke)
Saint George and the Dragon (Swedish: Sankt Göran och draken) is a late medieval wooden sculpture depicting the legend of Saint George and the Dragon, located in Storkyrkan in Stockholm, Sweden. It is attributed to Bernt Notke and was commissioned by the Swedish regent Sten Sture the Elder. It was inaugurated in 1489. It has been described as an artistic high point in the artistic production of Bernt Notke.
Stockholm  Sweden  Renaissance  Sculpture  Art  St.  George  Dragon 
5 weeks ago by dbourn
Middle Passage Project
The Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project (MPCPMP) is a non-profit tax-exempt organization established in 2011 to honor the two million captive Africans who perished during the transatlantic crossing known as the Middle Passage and the ten million who survived to build the Americas. This initiative involves:

Commemorating the nearly 12 million Africans involved in the Middle Passage of the transatlantic human trade.
Researching and identifying all ports of entry for Africans during the 350 years of the transatlantic human trade
Encouraging local communities to hold remembrance ceremonies at each of the 50 documented Middle Passage port sites in the United States of America
Supporting the installation of historic markers to establish a permanent record honoring those who died and those who survived the Middle Passage
Educating the community about the vital role that Africans and their descendants played in the development of both local areas and the nation
Partnering with historical and cultural societies, academic institutions, churches, visitor and tourist bureaus, and community organizations to promote African Diaspora history and culture, especially related to the Middle Passage
Boston  MA  St.  Augustine  FL  Jamestown  VA  Philadelphia  PA  Yorktown  Annapolis  MD  Baltimore  Slavery  Public  History  Blacks  Middle  Passage 
july 2018 by dbourn
Why African American churches in New Orleans celebrate a Sicilian holiday
St. Augustine church is the oldest black Catholic parish in the country. When David Roe heard the church needed help baking for its altar, he decided to lend a hand. After all, he says, back in the day, the parishioners at St. Augustine helped his ancestors.

“The Sicilians were considered even by other Italians to be the lowest of the low,” Roe says. “The Sicilians were not allowed to worship in the major churches, and the first church that took them in was St. Augustine church in the Treme.”
Sicilians and African Americans used to live in the same neighborhoods. For Sicilians, St. Joseph Day was a day off from the austerity of Lent — you built your altar and celebrated — it was the one day during Lent you could even get married.
So, some speculate that the Mardi Gras Indians picked up their Sicilian neighbors’ tradition, and took advantage of the break in Lent to take their suits out for one last spin. But all of that is speculation. What we know for certain is that even today, St. Joseph’s is a holiday that transcends cultural lines.
NOLA  Religion  Blacks  Italians  Sicilians  Food  St.  Joseph's  Day  Treme 
march 2018 by dbourn
Five GIS Projects That Are Changing The Way We Understand Racism
Within the fields of history and journalism, the use of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) has greatly changed the way we visualize, understand, and analyze racial bias within the United States and the globe. Maps have always been a way that we were able to conceptualize the topography of our universe, and now the use of GIS has given us more insight into the inequality embedded in our country than ever before. Below are just a few of the projects working to use spatial analysis in order to reveal the historical and current prejudices that people of color face every day.
Maps  Redlining  Lynching  Education  Structural  Racism  GIS  State  Violence  Police  St.  Louis 
october 2016 by dbourn
Black Lives Matter pulls out of San Francisco gay pride over policing
On Tuesday, SF Pride announced that this year’s events would have a “significant police presence” and that, for the first time in the celebration’s 46-year history, attendees at the festival would be required to pass through security screening. The decision was made in the wake of the mass shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, in which 49 people were killed. “The San Francisco police department has proven time and again – by racially profiling and murdering black people, black trans people – that they cannot keep us safe,” said Shanelle Matthews, a spokesperson for Black Lives Matter, at the event. “We know that some people will feel safe at Pride, but we will not.” SF Pride board president Michelle Meow appeared to accept and even endorse the withdrawals. “Increasing police presence in our community is not the solution,” she said. Meow expressed hope that SF Pride would be able to find a different solution for next year’s event. “We didn’t have enough time to regroup and rethink our safety,” she said. “We have to get through this year so we can think about what safety means outside of police protection, because that is not the answer.”
SF  Pride  Police  BLM  St.  James  Infirmary  Janetta  Johnson  TGI  Justice  Project 
june 2016 by dbourn
Black Lives Matter, others pull out of SF Pride Parade
Black Lives Matter Bay Area (scheduled to receive Pride’s Lifetime Achievement award), sex worker health clinic St. James Infirmary (receiving the “Heritage of Pride” award), and anti-incarceration TGI Justice Project‘s Janetta Johnson (a community grand marshal) held a press conference this morning to announce their withdrawal from the parade and celebration. The organizations will still accept their awards. They came together to form a coalition and make the withdrawal statement, according to TGI JP spokesperson Woods Ervin. “When Janetta heard that there would be sweeps of street-based communities and the increased police presence, we knew we had to do something,” Ervin told 48 Hills by phone. “The appropriate response to the Orlando tragedy is nor more policing of communities of color, who are already the most vulnerable to abuse and are the most alienated by increased police presence. This does not make those communities feel safer."
SF  Pride  BLM  Police  Janetta  Johnson  TGI  Justice  Project  St.  James  Infirmary 
june 2016 by dbourn

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