an audio visual recap
09.12-15.2019 | Blanc Gallery | Po'Chop | Tiff Beatty | avery r young | Shimmy LaRoux | Felicia Holman
Illuminated by Audre Lorde the services held sept 13-15 were inspired by the lives and work of Elder Lucy Smith, Jackie Ormes and Beauty Turner. Three black women who made Bronzeville their home and allowed their work to nourish their community.
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Beauty's son and sister attended Saturday's service. Larry and Maple Turner arrived forty-five mins before the service. Though we had talked over the phone we had never met. I remember the weight of his hand in mine as we shook hands. Welcoming them into the space. watching as his eyes scanned the brown bags. I'd been so nervous about this moment. Tiff sensing my nerves. guided Larry and Maple around the space. Settling at the altar where our eyes fell on Venise's portrait of Beauty. Larry exhaled and with a grin said "ya'll are my mom's people." During the service he stood at the podium and shared with the congregation reflections on is mom. reminding us that to him. she was simply his mom.
October 23, 1957 – December 18, 2008
Devotion is a time of song, prayer and the sharing of our guiding text.
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