In late spring of 2022, shortly after I completed a walk across Southern New Jersey following the Underground Railroad from Cape May to Burlington, I received an email message from Malkia Okech, asking if lanterns from some of the Walk to Freedom lantern making workshops could be included in the Chronicling Resistance exhibit. After a little discussion, I opened myself up to Okech’s vision and welcomed the opportunity.
Chronicling Resistance is a wonderful exhibit, recently extended until the end of January, on display at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central location, 1901 Vine St., in Center City.
“The project CHRONICLING RESISTANCE explores resistance through the perspectives of eight activists, cultural organizers, and artists in Philadelphia. RESISTANCE can take many different forms, such as protesting, writing, dancing, making art, and cooking food.” Throughout the exhibit visitors are encouraged to follow special floor stickers to explore the exhibit on multiple levels of the library. One floor sticker was a quote by Grace Lee Boggs that said “Movements are born of critical connections rather than critical mass.” I love this quote, its so true.
Here are some pictures from the exhibit.