Gwendolyn Brooks

remember back in ED. XI when we celebrated being a chicago dancemakers lab artist?

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I have began my time as a CDF lab artist elbow deep in Bronzeville. wandering across grassy lots. allowing my imagination to sprout now demolished projects back into existence. i am surrounded by a sometimes intangible history that saddens, infuritates and invigorates me all the same. 

typically i would be documenting my findings on brown paper. taped to a wall. a flow map of thoughts, articles, facts, quotes and more.

this time around i'm moving that practice to The Brown Pages. Below you will find the first of many research based flow charts. LEarn Something!

 

tiff -n- i outside of Ida B Wells' home with our copy of LIfting as They CLimbed in hand.

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a working title

meet the bad ass

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in her own words

pastor | faith healer 

mother | pioneer Community leader

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 elder lucy smith

Jan 14, 1870-june 18,1952

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"i want my people to swing out of themselves all of the mis'ry and troubles that is heavy in their hearts."

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in her own words

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"One Sunday morning at 2625 Cottage Grove the Lord said, 'I want you to be the Pastor and I want you to get up and tell them, precious one.' You know how embarrassing that was but I had to do it. You know some people dont care for a woman pastor."

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her legacy in a nutshell

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just before labor day tiff n i went to DC. i found myself thinking of this song, while staring at granite memorials of our white fathers. where All Nations once stood is now an empty lot

-established All Nations Pentecostal Church in 1918 an outdoor traveling church in Bronzeville Chicago.

-physically laid the cornerstone @ 3716 S. Langley making her the first black woman pastor in Chicago.

-All Nations was known for it's lit services. Gospel music infused with the foot stomping jazz of the time. 

-All Nations was unlike any other church of it's time in that women held all leadership roles. "White-garbed women 'saints' closest ministerial and administrative compainions.

 

-All Nations was known for providing services + support to the community.

-first live broadcasted worship program from a black church. 

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