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The 50 Card Project: Printed book of all the cards


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The 50 Card Project book celebrates a year of letterpress cards printed every week from Inauguration Day to the end of 2017. This project was directly inspired by the last few words in the Pledge of Allegiance and how those words do not reflect the lived reality of many Americans. We cannot have liberty and justice for all until Black Lives Matter.

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Melanie Mowinski made a card of FDR’s Four Freedoms to commemorate Inauguration Day. By the end of the three-color limited edition of 100 cards she decided to make a card every week for the entire year. Each card is printed with vintage letterpress type, cuts and/or other printing matrixes like linoleum blocks and the occasional polymer plate. Each card is her weekly practice to reframe events that were occurring in our country in a positive way. They also serve as a reminder about what is important and at stake in our country.

Edition size: 100

Hardcover, printed through the online publishing service

All profits from the sale of the last seven books from the project will be donated to the following organizations: Multicultural Bridge, Campaign Zero, Black Lives Matter, Equal Justice Initiative, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Civil Rights Museum, Black Women in Visual Art, The Sentencing Project, and Black Women in Politics.