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“Spread Southside Love” Frederick Douglass mural makes cover of March East of the River!

East-of-the-River-Magazine-March-2018-page-001Thank you Capital Community News and the editors of East of the River!

Paper will be distributed throughout the neighborhoods of Wards 7 & 8 Saturday, March 10, 2018.

Locations include DC Public Library branches, IHOP on Alabama Avenue, Anacostia Arts Center and the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.

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MARCH 18 | SE COMMUNITY PICTURE DAY! — Spread and Show Southeast Love at 16th & W Street SE (Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 1:30 pm)

Community+Picture+Day+with+FD+MuralJoin The Advoc8te and members of the community for a southeast community picture day in front of this new mural in Anacostia!

The Advoc8te will also have plenty of #SOUTHEASTLOVE signs on hand for everyone who comes out!

Let’s spread love and honor our new mural!

All are invited regardless of residency! Join us!

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Editor’s Note:

Thank you to local journalist Nikki Peele and local author Dr. Courtney Davis for leading this community gathering to Spread Southside Love!

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Forklift Materials Help Bring The Spirit of the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial to the Anacostia Community (Guest Blog Post)

Hi Forklift Fans!

As we wrap up Black History Month, we want to share an amazing mural project that was recently completed as a part of the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site’s celebration of Douglass’ birthday. Led by local journalist and historian, John Muller, the project sought to create a mural installation that involves the local community and brings the spirit of the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial to the streets he walked and neighborhood he called home.

John Muller, a local journalist and historian in Anacostia, originally reached out to Forklift in search of drop cloths, tarps, and scaffolding for the project he was leading to commemorate the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial and Anacostia Park Centennial. He was excited to instead find other materials, such as our “oops” paint and eco-friendly Amazon Paint  which were used to paint the base of the mural for the ground and rolling green surface of Cedar Hill.

John’s knowledge and involvement in the Anacostia community inspired to him lead this mural project, since the community had been discussing the need for a beautification project for some time. In addition to covering the community for nearly a decade through a variety of online and print media outlets, John is also very well informed on the topic of Frederick Douglass, having written a book about Douglass’ final years in Washington, D.C.

Working alongside John was Rebeka Ryvola; the artist and co-creator behind the mural. Rebeka is an illustrator, based out of Boulder, Colorado and Washington, D.C, who works with mixed media through which she enjoys “shifting perspective, lending voice, prompting discourse, and bringing beauty into the world.”  We asked her to explain a little more about how the mural evolved:

“Douglass said, ‘It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.’ The mural concept was co-created with John, who thought it would be interesting to feature some other historical figures affiliated with Douglass in the mural, of whom he knew a great deal. When I started sketching, the scene that appeared was a garden party with abolitionist John Brown, journalist Grace Greenwood, Civil Rights leader Ida Wells, first African American Harvard grad Richard Greener, and Blanche Bruce, who was the first black senator to serve a full term. The space around these historical greats became filled in with children and animals from the community, some playing baseball, one serenading with a violin, an instrument that Douglass played. When I sent the concept to John for feedback he was elated to see it, explaining that it was a spot-on depiction of literary salons that Douglass used to host on the back lawn of his Cedar Hill house. Now this party is celebrating the lively community of Anacostia that resides just one block away from that very house.

Now these figures bring their revolutionary presence to the kids of the neighborhood, encouraging learning, curiosity, and exploration of their world and their ability to deconstruct any barriers, real or imagined, that prevent them from achieving their grandest dreams. -Artist Rebeka Ryvola

Rebeka (right) with Nettie Washington Douglass, an anti-trafficking activist and Frederick Douglass’ great granddaughter.

Before being commissioned for the mural, Rebeka focused on studying global environmental and social challenges – earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Global Resource Systems and Master’s Degrees in Environmental Management from the University of British Columbia and Yale University. According to Rebeka, she has always been artistic, and although she didn’t initially know how to connect art to her studies, she eventually came to realize she could combine both of her strong interests – all thanks to her supportive classmates in grad school.

“Some incredibly brilliant, bold, out-of-the-boxes classmates and a creative academic environment finally proved to me that art could play an important and valuable in opening eyes, changing hearts and minds, and uniting individuals, across communities, nations, and the world. Once I started to bring art into my studies and then my post-grad jobs, I couldn’t stop. I’ve conducted art workshops in Lebanon with Syrian and Lebanese Youth, and in Texas with unaccompanied migrant minors from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. I’ve led creative programming and illustrated for organizations including the World Bank, the Red Cross, and the White House, as well as publications of all kinds. Murals are new for me, but with this project I’m quite hooked.” -Rebeka Ryvola

Rebeka was inspired to become involved with the mural project because of Frederick Douglass’ historical significance. She feels he “continues to inspire so many, irrespective of race, age, or background, to this day. And the location of the mural, Anacostia in DC’s southeast, grapples more visibly than most places with the challenges Douglass worked so hard to address.” For her, the mural was a great “opportunity to explore the history of Frederick Douglass while engaging with the Anacostia community,” a project “100% in line” with her values.

Forklift is honored to have played a part in such a meaningful project that impacted so many in our community. Not only did the mural bring the Anacostia community together, it also received lots of attention from local and national press – The Washington Informer, Philadelphia Daily Tribune, and ABC7, to name a few.

The project’s GoFundMe account is still active. Any funds donated will help cover the costs of the muralist’s design time and labor, in addition to the cost of materials. To donate or learn more about the mural, click here!

“Thank you to you and all of Community Forklift for your help. Rebeka has done an incredible job.” -John Muller

 

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Thank you to our friends at the Washington Informer for featuring new Frederick Douglass mural at 16th & W Street SE

IMG_6545Thank you to publisher Denise Rolark Barnes, Esq. and our friends at The Washington Informer for their continued elevation and uplift of peoples and communities in a journalistic tradition of which Frederick Douglass is a founding father.

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ABC 7’s Sam Ford: As visitors this weekend flow into the historic Anacostia neighborhood to celebrate the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass at his home, a National Historic Site….some will see a new mural that’s gone up a block away at 16th and W, SE to also celebrate the great event.

Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling, outdoorWatch the video here!

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Frederick Douglass Community Mural @ 16th & W SE still needs community support! Should be finished by the weekend — Feb 17 & 18, 2018!

16th&WMural_firstdayMuralist Rebeka Ryvola has defied physics, gravity and the time-space continuum to somehow, within less than one day, transform the 16th Street SE side of the corner store from a gray wall to the background for the “Spread Southside Love,” Frederick Douglass Community Mural.

Due to many obligations and incidentals the fundraising effort has not been ramped up to the capacity we initially foresaw but there’s only so many hours in a day.

So far more than $800 has been raised through GoFundMe. We are thankful to all of the contributors on GoFundMe as well as our friends at Frager’s Hardware Store who were very generous in giving us a kind discount on our purchase of nearly $650 worth of paint and materials.

But art does cost. I was unable to be on site yesterday. We needed someone to hold the ladder for the muralist to safely reach the top of the design. We offered a couple dollars to compensate the neighborhood for their assistance. We pay a fair wage.

With that said, Thank You! for your continued support of Old Anacostia and all of the Douglassonians from the newest infants to the eldest elders on 16th Street SE and W Street SE.

Special thanks to the corner store owner, E, and all the staff of the market.

The mural should be nearing completion by this weekend’s birthday celebrations.

good dudes at Fragers

Thank you to the good dudes and paint experts at Fragers! 

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Updated: “Women in the World of Frederick Douglass” wins award for Distinguished Scholarship. Dr. Leigh Fought uplifting Douglassonian studies for current and future generations.

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Old Rochester. Statue of Frederick Douglass with copy of Women in the World of Frederick Douglass.

In recent days we’ve caught chatter Women in the World of Frederick Douglass by Dr. Leigh Fought, Associate History Professor at Le Moyne College, has been selected for a book award recognizing distinguished scholarship.

In truth, there are less than 100 original works of book matter scholarship on Douglass. Dr. Fought’s book upon publication immediately became a top 20 work, if not a top 10 work.

The permanence and prominence of Dr. Fought’s book in the limited pantheon of Douglass Studies will surely grow in time as it will become a foundational text. True scholars need not worry about the out-sized and distortive role Love Across Color Lines has played for nearly two decades. Dr. Fought is Omar out here and has relegated Diedrich’s “inventive” work to where it belongs.

Henceforth all informed advisers for graduate students and self-professed FD scholars and “experts” must use Dr. Fought’s book and public scholarship as a starting point for the discovery of the variety of networks FD had with not only women reformists, humanists, journalists, suffragists but activists from all walks of life.

Dr. Fought is a Douglassonian in both her scholarship and deportment.

Dr. Fought will be delivering a keynote, “The Women of Cedar Hill,” at the Frederick Douglass Annual Birthday Celebration to be held at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Park at 1411 W Street SE in Old Anacostia, D.C. on Sunday, February 18, 2018. Dr. Fought’s address will be at 3:00 pm.

Without any fanfare or ceremony the co-founders of 16th & W Street Douglassonians awarded Dr. Fought a lifetime passport for the 1-6 and all of Old Anacostia many months ago. It was one of the first actions taken in our informal board meetings.

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Editor’s Note:

In January I ran into Harold Holzer doing research within the Manuscripts Reading Room of the Madison Building. During closing time, as researchers gathered their things, I exchanged a few words with the internationally known Lincolnonian scholar.

It was unclear if Holzer knew specifically about Dr. Fought’s book or was simply confused in our conversation, relaying something along the lines that he thought “women’s studies” within the field of FD Studies was the current and/or new trend line.

Accompanied by a Douglassonian friend, we made sure Holzer knew the baseball card statistics and details of Dr. Fought’s book: Oxford University Press. May 2017. Women in the World of Frederick Douglass. ISBN, etc. All that.

I told him to know about the book. The message was received.

I then proceeded to tell Mr. Holzer that David Blight, who he confirmed he knew by referencing his long, long, long talked about biography, was a disgrace to Frederick Douglass, the man and Frederick Douglass, the self-taught scholar.

I told Mr. Holzer I represent street corner historians, 16th & W Street Douglassonians, and among my current work on Frederick Douglass in Paris, I was committed to exposing Blight and the institutions that have supported his mediocrity and non-existent Douglass scholarship over the past decade and a half with full force and no mercy.

Holzer said he similarly didn’t have an advanced degree and could sympathize with my plight as an outsider waging battle as a lone warrior against the safety and protective comfort of the Ivory Towers.

Holzer said facts and research will carry the day at the end of the day. For Omar and Super-Omars of FD studies there’s only a single word we can say to that truth.

Indeed.

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Prof. Fought’s status as anything related to 16th & W Street Douglassonians has been immediately revoked as of Thursday, July 30.

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Support creation of Frederick Douglass mural at 16th & W Street SE with a small donation!

The new owner of the corner store at 16th & W Street SE in Old Historic Anacostia has supported an effort to create a mural on the 16th Street SE side of his building which will bring attention to and honor the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial.

Our ambitious plan for installation is BEFORE and/or during Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, coinciding with the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site’s celebration of the Douglass birthday with speakers / presenters mostly from outside of the community. The mural installation will involve the local community and bring the spirit of the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial to the streets he walked and neighborhood he called home.

We are seeking to cover the costs of the muralist’s design time and labor, in addition to costs of materials such as paint, brushes, painter’s tape and other incidentals.

There will be outreach to involve local children and teenagers and local media to generate positive attention to the legacy and importance of Frederick Douglass to the local community of Old Anacostia and specifically the inhabitants of W Street SE and surrounding environs.

To support this effort please consider making a small donation.

Thank you!

https://www.gofundme.com/frederick-douglass-community-mural

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Preliminary Sketch of 16th & W Street SE Frederick Douglass Mural

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Artistic rendering by Rebeka Ryvola 

If interested in supporting the new mural at 16th & W Street SE, please visit our GoFundMe page here: Frederick Douglass Community Mural.

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