A Global Effort
Artists from around the world have come together to stand in solidarity with the Black community and have dedicated their time and materials to auction off their work on Instagram @metalsmithsforchange.
You won't want to miss these beautiful works of art. The All Inclusive Solidarity Auctions starts Oct 21st at 10am PST and ends Oct 25th at 10am PST. 100% of the proceeds benefit Crafting the Future, Black Artists + Designers Guild, Check Your Privilege, and five nominated Black artists. Your support means the world.
For far too long, Black women have been pushed from the headlines, ignored, and mistreated. We acknowledge women, such as Mary Jane Richards, who worked with a spy ring run by abolitionist Elizabeth "Bet" Van Lew. Her photographic memory helped to gather intel from documentations and conversations available within the Confederate White House. Pretty badass, right?
Big 6 Activists
The "Big Six" includes organizer Asa Philip Randolph, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., James Farmer Jr., John Lewis, the Whitney Young, Jr.; and Roy Wilkins. Less mentioned major contributors include Anna Arnold Hedgeman and Dorothy Height. This group of activists led the March on Washinton in 1963.
During a tragic act of hate, nine individuals lost their lives on June 17, 2015, with five who managed to escape. We honor the lives lost and stand in solidarity with the Emanuel Nine Foundation to work to reverse racism.
Reverend Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Mrs. Cynthia Graham Hurd, Mrs. Susie J. Jackson, Mrs. Ethel Lee Lance, Reverend DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Reverend Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Kibwe Diop Sanders, Reverend Daniel Lee Simmons, Sr., and Mrs. Myra Singleton Quarles Thompson.
Say Their Names
For our first series of auctions, we turned our attention to focus on Black lives lost to police brutality. We hope that by crafting these pieces, we spread much needed awareness to address police brutality, racial disparities and impunity in American policing.