Wednesday Wisdom: Jesse Williams

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“If you have a critique for our resistance, then you’d better have an established record, a critique of our oppression.” – Jesse Williams

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Wednesday Wisdom: Viola Davis

In honor of her first Oscar win, here’s some Wednesday Wisdom from Viola Davis (and from her speech!):

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“There’s one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered. One place. And that’s the graveyard. People ask me all the time, ‘What kind of stories do you want to tell, Viola?’ And I say exhume those bodies. Exhume those bodies. The stories of the people who dream big and never saw those dreams to fruition. People who fell in love and lost. I became an artist, and thank God I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.”

Wednesday Wisdom: James Baldwin

For this final Wednesday of Black History Month, let’s hear some wise words from Mr. James  Baldwin about the importance of art:

“Art has to be a kind of confession…if you can examine and face your life, you can discover the terms with which you are connected to other lives, and they can discover, too, the terms with which they are connected to other people…Art would not be important if life were not important, and life is important.” -James Baldwin, WFMT interview in 1961

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Keep writing, drawing, gaming, teaching, training, and living a life of art to show that life is important, friends!

Wednesday Wisdom: Angela Davis

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I had the honor and pleasure of hearing countercultural woman, Civil Rights activist, and all-around amazing trailblazer Angela Davis speak at the Women’s March on Washington. So to kick off Black History Month and for this week’s Wednesday Wisdom,  I am pleased to share this quote of hers (which also appeared on many a protest sign at the march)!

“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” -Angela Davis

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Let’s march on, y’all! We are in great company and have amazing predecessors to learn from and guide us.

Wednesday Wisdom: Linda Sarsour

To my fellow marchers, protesters, and all-around resistors, be empowered by the one and only Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York AND a national co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington! Thankful that #IMarchWithLinda

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“If there was ever a time to stand together, to stand proud and loud, it’s under a president who won an election on a message of hate and division. The march is not the beginning, nor is it the end. It builds on decades of work by brilliant and committed advocates and organizers. The march is only a continuation of that work and a stepping stone into an era of resistance to an administration that has sent a loud and clear message through its appointments and its agenda that it does not care about our issues or our communities.”

-Linda Sarsour, #WhyIMarch