I am on a mission to raise $5,000 to cover production/editing for my upcoming coffee table book One Million Strong: Photos from the Million Man, World Day of Atonement, Million Women, Million Youth, Million Youth Movement, Million Family, and Millions More Movement Marches.
Perks for this campaign include prints on artist-grade metal, 2014 calendars, a downloadable e-book, & an autographed coffee table book featuring more than 300 images from the marches.
Both Deborah Willis (renowned photo curator, Macarthur Fellow and Chair of the New York University Photography Department) and Jamel Shabazz (internationally acclaimed documentary photographer) have agreed to mentor me re: the book and the touring exhibit (detailed below).
Later this year, I will hand-design and self-publish a special edition of the coffee table book and an e-book to accompany the touring exhibit.
Your donations will be used to cover design, editing, and production costs. Any money raised in excess of the funding goal will be used for copy editing and additional production days on creating the coffee table book and the e-book.
If you donated to the previous campaign for the exhibit launch and would like to donate again, please know that the featured images for all the perks in this campaign are different than the last, so even if you donate at the same level, you'll get 2 distinct gifts in return.
About the One Million Strong Coffee Table Book:
The One Million Strong Photo Book (Fall 2013) features more than 300 images from the seven marches. The book also offers essays from noteworthy thought leaders, organizers, clergy, and artists. The text explores African American roots in social protest and the ways in which our forms of resistence have evolved over the years:
- From quilts that contained hidden messages about escape plans to coded language and spirituals that described paths to freedom,
- From civil disobedience to policing the police,
- From slave revolts to self-defense,
- From massive social protest to local political organizing,
- From using our churches and mosques as meeting places for civil rights organizing to megachurches that have actively abandoned social justice issues,
- From being the objectified subjects of traditional media to becoming the content producers of our own digital meda campaigns that advance authentic images of Black life as well as our political concerns.
About the One Million Strong Exhibit:
The One Million Strong Traveling Photo Exhibit captures the essence of the Million Man March (Washington, D.C.) and the 10 years of subsequent political/cultural gatherings it inspired: The World Day of Atonement in New York City (1996); The Million Women March in Philadelphia (1997); The Million Youth March in Harlem (1998); The Million Youth Movement in Atlanta (1998); The Million Family March in Washington, DC. (2000); and the Millions More Movement March in Washington, DC (2005).
The One Million Strong Exhibit consists of one hundred 16" x 20" photos, as well as essay text and video, and caters to community and educational groups. This the first full-showing of the collected work and it will become a traveling exhibit, available to colleges, community centers, and museums.
Installations of this work have previously been shown at the North Carolina Museum of History (Raleigh, NC), the International Center & Civil Rights Museum (Greensboro, NC), Delta Fine Arts Center (Winston-Salem, NC), and Lucy Florence Coffee House (Los Angeles, CA).
You may view images here: http://www.facebook.com/onemillionstrong.
One Million Strong is being used to:
• Celebrate and affirm images of Black people who have engaged in political protest for the betterment of their families and communities.
• Foster critical dialogue about the diversity of political perspectives that exist in Black communities and develop methods to work across our differences.
• Inspire participants (youth in particular) to document their communities.
• Engage, activate, and organize participants around pressing issues that continue to threaten the health of our families like the prison industrial complex, youth violence, housing, education, and unemployment.
Other Ways You Can Help:
• Get your friends & family to donate.
• Tweet about One Million Strong. Direct your Tweets @KatinaParker.
• Host a discussion, exhibit or presentation (for community, academic, and museum spaces only) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Book Katina Parker to speak about One Million Strong at your school, church, or museum by emailing email@example.com.