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Art auction: The Life, The WorK, The Fight

This exhibit is the outcome of UMD Assistant Professor Terresa Moses’ assignment “The Movement Imprinted: The Life, The Work, The Fight,” in which Moses asks her students to create pieces based on an event, person, or policy in the last 100 years centered around the African-American experience. Students researched Black experiences in Duluth and the nation to create a successful design that communicates those experiences.

Each triptych is grouped together to represent a decade from the last 100 years, starting with the 1920’s, in the three categories; The Life, The Work or The Fight. She specified that their design should be inspired by an African-American designer including works from: Aaron Douglas, Charles Dawson, Georg Olden, Art Sims, Emory Douglas, Andrea Pippins, Ed Towles, Gail Anderson, Emmet McBain, Archie Boston, and Eddie Opara.

Along with the posters, the winning bid will also receive a designed booklet that details information about the design concept, designer, and the student’s progress. The monies raised from the auction will be matched by the Duluth NAACP and donated to the Clayton, Jackson, McGhie Memorial, Inc.’ to support the 100-year Commemorative Events.

Celebrate 100 years of the Duluth NAACP

The Duluth Branch of the NAACP is excited to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2020!  Our annual Freedom Fund Dinner will be held on February 21st, at Clyde Iron and we invite you to be a part of it! This year’s theme is, “The Life, The Work, the Fight: Black History in Duluth.” The evening will feature conversations that acknowledge the people -- past and present -- who have helped to make our history, celebrate our achievements, and build energy to continue our efforts.  

The Freedom Fund Dinner is the primary annual fundraising and ceremonial event for NAACP branches across the country. Your support will assist us in funding the event and will ensure the support of our ongoing work toward securing the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all persons. 

Over the past several years, our branch membership has more than tripled and we have numerous committees bringing our mission to the community.  One exciting development is the growing engagement of our youth and young adults. Formed only a year ago the NAACP student chapter at UMD has hosted numerous events. Additionally, the Young Adult Committee has created  opportunities for the involvement of young people with their quarterly Social Justice Socials.

There remains much work to be done and we’d like you to join us.  Our future is bright, but it is not guaranteed.  Our work takes the commitment of community members and businesses to ensure this energy will continue.  We hope you will join us by participating in the 2020 Freedom Fund Dinner.

Pre-bid on artwork via Facebook commenting your bid amount on the photo of art you want!
If you do not have Facebook, email ffd-auction@duluthnaacp.org to get your pre-bid comment up.

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Bidding starts at $20 and goes up in increments of $10. Pre-bidding ends on Friday, February 21 at noon. Final bidding will take place between 5-6pm at Clyde Iron Works, where art will be given to the winning bidder. Cash and credit will be accepted. Art is not available to ship, you must pick up at Clyde Iron. Artwork is 11X17 inches, booklets are 8X10.5 inches.

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