Hi everyone, please help me bring this beautiful project to life: A Black History Month Art Exhibit that honors Voices of the African Diaspora from over the world
, not as well known as Martin Luther King Jr. or Nelson Mandela.Who am I? Photo credit:Kathryn Marie Photography
My name is NJ Mvondo
; I’m a writer, artist and community organizer based in Davis, CA. In 2009 I created a platform called Multiculturalism Rocks!
, through which I share resources that promote cultural diversity, with an emphasis on children’s literature. In that capacity I do events with schools, public libraries and various non-profits (including the International House in Davis) via workshops, storytelling and a multicultural and bilingual pop-up bookstore.My partners
1- My amazing friend and graphic designer, Tony Tran
, is enthusiastically lending his passion and talent to this cause. Please, support us!Credit: Kristen Murakoshi
is a life long Bay Area resident. Born in Oakland California, he’s the child of student activists who watched lots of science fiction and took him to many demonstrations. Always drawing, Rob grew up to be an artist falling in love with graffiti, fine art, illustration, murals, and children’s books. In that order, sort of. Through storytelling he’s been able to scratch the surface of so many untold stories. Rob is the author and illustrator of Furqan’s First Flat Top
. He’s a dad of a teenage boy and a brand new baby girl. He loves ice cream and his wife who laughs big and corrects his grammar every chance she gets. Down with the system and soggy french fries!
Rob is a co-founder of The Trust Your Struggle Collective
, a contributor to The Social Justice Childrens Bk Holiday Fair
, The Bull Horn Blog
, Rad Dad
, Muphoric Sounds
, and the founder of Come Bien Books
3- The Mary L. Stephens - Davis Branch Library (in Davis, CA), and the Arthur F. Turner Community Library (in West Sacramento, CA)
freely offered the space for the project. Public Libraries rocks! (And don’t we know it!)About the Project
The goal is to help the public at large be better acquainted with African and African American history, through the celebration of people -not as well known as our beloved Harriet Tubman or Malcom X (just to quote a few), who significantly contributed to the fight against racism, to Black liberation, and to the celebration of Black identity. This includes artists and activists who are still alive.
These Voices of the African Diaspora
will be honored via a series of portrait and short poems in exhibit at the Yolo County Public Library. Next to each portrait will be a cardboard with a concise biography, a map showing the country of origin of the person that is honored, and an invitation to the audience to check out the library materials about them (with some titles listed).Frantz Fanon (1925-1961, Martinique. Writer, psychiatrist, freedom fighter). 1/2 of a portrait that will be shown (GoFundMe has a size limit for pictures, so we can’t show the whole thing).
Campaign cover picture is artwork honoring South African singer, songwriter, actress and activist Miriam Makeba (1932-2008).
Who Will Benefit
Everyone, including schools. It is my hope that this exhibit be particularly inspiring and empowering to Black kids. The event is FREE to attend
, and the public library has free materials available for further interest. Nothing will be for sale on site. How Will the Funds Be Used?
This fundraising is to help cover the costs associated with the exhibit:
1- The portraits will be showcased on large prints (4 ft x 3 ft) hung in a big room (Ballard Room) at the entrance of the library. It costs on average $115 for a print of that size on a medium thick enough to accommodate our needs.
2- In addition though Tony, like me, has been working from the heart on this, his time and talent are incredibly valuable and parts of the funds will cover the time he spent working on the project.
3- Anything raised beyond our target goal will enable us to honor more voices, as we have a list of over 40 names. Due to the lack of space we can’t honor them all at this time, but we would like to keep adding pieces over time, with the possibility to showcase them during this year’s Juneteenth celebration.
4- The money raised won’t go to me personally
, but to Multiculturalism Rocks! bank account, and will cover all expenses associated with the project. I will give regular updates on how the money is spent, as well as on the progress made toward its completion.How Soon Do We Need the Funds?
As quickly as they will be available, since the exhibit is set to open on February 1st, and to take place during Black History Month.Gratitude
I can’t promise free prints as a thank you, can’t give anything back at this time, but a very public show of gratitude to everyone who supports this project, not just by donating but also by simply sharing the word on your platforms. Trust that your support will make a big difference in the community. There will be updates during the exhibit, as well.Thank you, and best wishes for 2020!