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remember back in ED. XI when we celebrated being a chicago dancemakers lab artist?
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.
a working title
meet the bad ass
in her own words
pastor | faith healer
mother | pioneer Community leader
elder lucy smith
Jan 14, 1870-june 18,1952
"i want my people to swing out of themselves all of the mis'ry and troubles that is heavy in their hearts."
in her own words
"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."
her legacy in a nutshell
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.
Elder Lucy Smith
research to do list
Obtain a Copy of Elder Smith's biography, From the Farm to the Pulpit. A known publication of it was published as an appendix to Samuel Strong's dissertation in 1940. (Social Types in a Minority Group Fromulation of a Method)
Look for radio recording of "The Glorious Church of the Air" broadcasted on WIND-AM 560 (1933)
Look for Louis A Dulaney letter to the Defender. Written in 9/1934. Any Defender references to Elder Lucy Smith.
visit public housing musuem
Research To-Do List