art showcase exploring themes of freedom on Sunday, July 9 in Detroit’s Palmer Park
The Detroit Parks Coalition and People for Palmer Park will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Detroit Walk to Freedom, a massive civil rights march held on June 23, 1963. The historic event drew thousands to downtown Detroit and culminated with a moving address by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which is widely considered a preview to his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington just two months later.
The 60th anniversary celebration at Palmer Park will commemorate the Detroit Walk to Freedom with various art displays and live performances from Marion Hayden and Freedom Sounds—featuring Marion Hayden on bass, A. Spencer Barefield on guitar, Alvin Waddles on piano, Tariq Gardner on drums and Isis Damil on vocals.
Freedom Sounds will perform a free concert featuring music of the Civil Rights era—exploring themes of freedom, activism, collective work, spirituality and resistance through the lens of artists such as Max Roach, Donny Hathaway, Bob Marley and the Jazz, R&B, Reggae and Gospel traditions—along with original works by Marion Hayden and A. Spencer Barefield. The Freedom Sounds concert invites guests to explore our shared humanity and reflect on Dr. King's dream—through music.
Following the Freedom Sounds performance, attendees can enjoy a reggae dance party with King Mellowman and Mellow Runnings.
Cranbrook Art Museum will host a free cyanotype constellation making activity based on the artwork Finding Freedom by Sonya Clark. Each participant will create and take their own constellation fabric square using the sun and seeds. The artwork is on view until September 24, 2023 as part of the exhibition Sonya Clark: “We Are Each Other”, a meditation on the plight of individuals fleeing slavery along the Underground Railroad. (link: https://cranbrookartmuseum.org/exhibition/sonya-clark-we-are-each-other/)
Cranbrook Art Museum’s Curator of Public Programs Lyla Catellier will help people make cyanotype constellations from seeds. It’s basically a photographic process. A mixture of salts that make a solution that turns blue with sun exposure - wherever you put an object on top - in this case seeds - it stays white. It was one of the first forms of photography and discovered by a female chemist
Madrid-born artist Marta Carvajal will display her artwork of freedom fighters from MLK to Malcom X, Nina Simone, Miles Davis and others. (https://www.martacarvajal.art) “Marta’s visual art painting canvas visual storyteller style is cutting edge and is the new wave for this generation that incorporates traditional and digital. She explores history to create her rare artistic documentary Artwork, which also teaches the present and future generation about the Human rights of great leaders and notable persons and their legacy.”-- Gregory J. Reed (author, attorney for Rosa Parks’; worked with Nelson Mandela, Coretta Scott King, Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, The Last Poets, Motown legends, others)
WHEN: Sunday, July 9, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
WHERE: Palmer Park, 910 Merrill Plaisance St. • Detroit
ABOUT DETROIT PARKS COALITION
The Detroit Parks Coalition (DPC) is an alliance of organizations supporting healthy, equitable, and
vibrant parks and public spaces. We are a diverse group of park leaders and community members who have come together to expand resources for Detroit parks. For more information, visit DetroitParksCoalition.com.