This year’s PRESS Monthly Mantra calendar is a collaboration with student’s in MCLA Professor Frances Jones-Sneed’s class Women, Race and Society. The students, Frances and I responded to a variety of readings and writings centered around the Black Lives Matter movement by creating calendars made up of quotes and images from notable figures from the Civil Rights Movement, Black Lives Matter movement and other movements centered around equality and justice. The student creations directly inspired and informed the quotes and designs for the PRESS calendar.
Many of the students included quotes by Audre Lorde. Audre Lorde was a radical feminist, womanist and civil rights activist. She was a champion of intersectional feminism. I know her as a poet who addressed injustices in her own life and the world around her. She used words to incite conversation and thinking, modeling an introspection of herself that paralleled experiences of other women, especially African-American woman.
This quote became part of the image that we are using as our primary marketing look for the calendar:
When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.