As we previously mentioned, Black Lives Matter was set to launch a United States Postal Service (USPS) campaign, “Write Black Love Letters,” in solidarity with Black and Brown postal workers.
On Monday, (January 18) this plan was executed, the launch included its newest arts and culture endeavor centering life, love, joy, rest, and pleasure.
A statement from BLM website reads, “We need to uplift our community right now and these artists have been curated as love is a focal point of their work, and with love brings healing and the ability to rejoice and continue the necessary work to move forward as a people.”
The new series of works focused on Black Life and how MLK’s life has inspired us all to live. The new series was live on the BLM website and Instagram in celebration of King’s influence and achievements as a civil rights leader.
With the recent US capitol attack against the 117th US Congress — carried out by a mob of white supremacists which was an attempt to overturn Trump’s defeat in the election. The overwhelming events that took place on January 6th, make it only right that we attempt to redirect our focus on those who show love, joy, and pleasure through their work.
The artists involved in the MLK series were:
- Derrick Adams
- Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
- Nikki Blak
- Melanie Charles
- Rodney Diverlus
- Shaina Simmons
“This MLK day BLMGNF is centering life, love, joy, rest, and pleasure. We will not allow white supremacist violence to deter us from the dignity and humanity of Black life. Every artist in this series was hand picked because each of them center love as part of their work. We know MLK believed in love as the center of his work and at the center of the civil rights movement. Join us in honoring his legacy through this beautiful and transformative artist series.”
— Patrisse Cullors, Co-Founder and Executive Director of BLM & Co-Curator of the BLMGN MLK Artist Series
“We need a day to dream. A day to center life and leisure. We, who believe, like MLK did in the radical relentless pursuit of freedom, must also stop to dream, to be, to LIVE.”
— Noni Limar, Co-Curator of the BLMGN MLK Artist Series