Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Message from Dr. Joan Gaither

Thank you to my community. You have touched my heart and my spirit with the reflections written in the "Journey to the White House Quilt" Guest Book and recorded in this blog site. John Berger, in "Ways of Seeing," comments, "The way we see things is affected by what we believe." On Friday [12/19/2008] , the word hope was added to the quilt by 8 different people. Another stitched a chalice in golden threads that outlined the words faith and hope which had been added by a previous quilter, a senior mom who happened to be visiting from Chicago. Still another took the time to write poetry in the guest book linking the present with the past, and the energy of the quilt with a running awareness and a connectedness to a generation not yet born. Thank you, students of this generation who let me know joy as you become a part of the quilts journey. Everyone who participated sees and believes in a brighter future - connectedness, progress, coming together. Student PG wrote about viewing Obama's victory speech on the street with neighbors when suddenly the power was gone. "It was an image so beautiful, so reminiscent of what Obama has done for this country, of the realization that has come over all of us. The realization that overcame us, the happiness in the tears we cried that night, illuminated by only the street lights... and the sound of his voice... our future..." Thank you to those who took fabric squares to create a quilt square for the next part of the journey. JMEG

6 comments:

jyeshier said...
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jyeshier said...

obama can change the world!

Anonymous said...

Dear Dr. Gaither,
I added two flowers and I put I love obama because we should all love our president and it mean for hope and yes we can change and I did a white and blue and that mean white black it don't matter. Taylor

patm said...

Imagine my delight at walking into the room at the Legacy Center and saw 12 or 14 - probably more - I didn't count - women sitting around a table with the most spectacular quilt. I couldn't wait to add my contribution - what to do: there were beads so I decided to think ahead and put on "Re elect Obama 2012 (the numbers in gold) and signed it from an Obama Grandmama. Thank you for letting me be part of history.

Janet L. Jackson said...

Dear Dr. Gaither,
What a beautiful experience I've had learning and growing artistically during the last few days as we explored your community project, Journey to the White House: learning of its origins, its developing history, and the promise that the project holds for today, tomorrow and the distant future. I look forward to sharing this experience with the greater Harford Connecticut community. Love and blessings from Janet L. Jackson

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