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Rosa Parks’ Dreamer
This oil painting is not a direct representation of Rosa Parks, rather it’s the artwork that signifies progress in the U.S. civil rights movement. Although I’m privileged to be white, I’m often discriminated against based on my appearance, nationality, and profession. I simply feel invisible. Racial bias exists, but it’s up to us to be more open to diversity and acceptance of other people and cultures.
As a traveler and an immigrant, I have a different perception of news, people, and circumstances. As a nation, the U.S. went very far in its pursuit of equality and social justice in comparison to so many countries I’ve visited around the globe. However, there is still much work to be done to improve the lives of all of us. I hope my art speaks for silent voices, including myself, and echoes the voices around the country.
Rosa Parks (1913-2005) refused to give up her bus seat to a white person in 1955 that led to the Montgomery boycott in Alabama and further protests to end segregation in public places. Bus drivers assigned seats for black and white passengers with a line dividing the space in the bus. The whites set in the front of the bus, while African-Americans occupied seats in the back. If it became crowded the bus driver would move back the sign separating the passengers by race, and would ask black people to give up their seat.
Montgomery Bus Boycott:
For 382 days, almost the entire African-American population of Montgomery, Alabama, including leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, refused to ride on segregated buses, which became a turning point in the American civil rights movement. (Source: Biography.com)
original oil painting on archival board
painted with the lightfast oil paints, varnished
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This painting is chosen to be published in 2018 Women Artists Datebook by Syracuse Cultural Workers, Syracuse, New York.
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