Living History Artist
Gwendolyn is dedicated to studying the character, philosophy, courage and grace that have helped black American women survive and flourish.
Gwendolyn last night was a real triumph! You were so completely transformed from your own self that I hardly recognized you when you arrived in Council Chambers. Your performance was extraordinary. The standing ovation was only proper. I am so happy you brought your artistic skills to this library. Thank you for sharing Harriet Tubman with us!
Jane Schweinsburg, Assistant Director, Coventry Public Library, RI
(New England States Touring) -
New England States Touring (NEST) provides support to New England-
If I Am Not for Myself Who Will Be for Me During the fall of 1796, George Washington’s final months in office, Oney Judge Staines, a slave, escaped the Executive Mansion in Philadelphia. There is always an underside -
I Can’t Die but Once Harriet Tubman a woman of unique qualities and abilities even though she was illiterate, maintained an unblemished record of vigilance, legacy of sacrifice and struggle. Harriet Tubman weaves a tale of truth, pain; courage and determination that take the audience into her life -
Looking Things Over Zora Neale Hurston a woman of enormous talent, she rose to become one of the central figures of the Harlem Renaissance. She was an outstanding novelist, journalist, folklorist and anthropologist. Hurston believed in the beauty of black expressions and traditions. Although her work was praised by some, many attacked it, focusing on Hurston’s lifestyle and personality-
“I Promoted Myself” Madam CJ Walker She was an Entrepreneur, philanthropist, and activist. She followed her dream, turning her life into a true “rages to riches” story. Mobilized a network of 20,000 African American women as sales agents, factory, and office workers. Her sales agents earned between $5.00 and $15.00 dollars a day when unskilled white laborers were earning $11.00 a week. More than a history lesson, she offers inspiration to women – regardless of race—on how to succeed against all odds. Madam Walker’s death was news all over the world, “the wealthiest Negro woman in the United States, if not the entire world.”
Jim Crow Workshop -
The disturbing objects have been lifted from their original purposes to now serve as powerful reminders of America's racist past. But more importantly, the exhibition gives viewers new eyes with which to see present-
Group size: 10 to 20 (not exceeding 20)
Morning workshops “only” between 10am and 3pm. 1hr.
Adults. Stereotype Racist Memorabilia Displayed at Workshop
The Workshop will show historical racial stereotypes of African Americans and that many of these distorted images still exist in society today. Participants will talk about strategies for intervention and implications into racial stereotypes.
Middle School to Adults. Stereotype Racist Memorabilia Displayed at Workshop