Thank you to everyone who joined Melissa Blount for the unveiling of the Black Lives Matter Witness Quilt hosted at the Frances Willard House Museum.
Background: Melissa Blount, is a licensed clinical psychologist and artist, who utilizes her background in psychology and the medium of quilting to create quilts that explore the notions of trauma, white supremacy and bearing witness to the unjust violent loss of life in communities of color.
Dr Blount, in this piece specifically focuses on the vulnerability and violence perpetrated against Black women, girls and babies. She collaborated with members of the Evanston community, to create social justice sewing circles, where a broad range of subject matters were discussed regarding issues of equity, feminism, violence and the trauma of white supremacy. Historic and contemporary influences include Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Frances E. Willard, Mary Ann Pettway, Chyna Pettway, the Gee’s Bend Quilters Collective, Amos Kennedy, Ben Blount, Gwendolyn Brooks, Krista Franklin, Bryan Stevenson, Isabel Wilkerson, Claudia Rankine, Toi Derricotte, and Nikki Finney.
This Black Lives Matter Witness Quilt project, and social justice circles will continue within the Evanston community and elsewhere upon request and need. If you want to participate in a circle or donate funds or supplies to our efforts to create art, empathy, and bare witness, please contact Dr. Blount at email@example.com