You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom. –Malcolm XIn case you haven’t noticed, Artist John Mavroudis, whose work includes 24 Moonalice posters, is celebrating Black History Month by posting his original illustrations with key Civil Rights figures every day for the month of February. The drawings are from his “For The Ages” Obama poster based on his cover for The Nation 2009, Obama Inauguration issue pictured below. We had a chance to speak with John whose motivation to repost the images came after re-reading some of the stories from the Civil Rights figures. In an ideal world, John would like to publish a book with a page each for the figures with an illustration and a short bio to show why they are significant in history. Mr. Mavroudis believes it would make a great teaching tool for so many (like me) who had only heard of the most well-know figures, like Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, etc. while there are so many great people who contributed to the cause of freedom and justice but somehow get lost in the education system.
February 2th, 2016
Power concedes nothings without a demand. It never did and it never will. –Frederick DouglassThe book is still in the planning stages (John still needs to find a publisher), but in the meantime he was struck by some of the quotes from these people and thought Black History Month would be a perfect time to highlight 29 figures (one a day) with a particular quote that struck him. You can follow John’s work each day in February on twitter, instagram, or facebook.
February 3th, 2016
To be afraid is to behave as it the truth were not true. –Bayard RustinFor fans who would like to own a physical copy of this art, John is selling the poster (pictured below) through his website www.zenpop.com for only $20 each. It also comes with a key of all the figures in the illustration too.
February 4th, 2016
I am only a mouthpiece through which to tell the story of lynching and I have told it so often that I know it by heart. I do not have to embellish. It makes its own way. –Ida B. Wells
February 5th, 2016
A child born to a black mother is a state like Mississippi… has exactly the same rights as a white baby born to the wealthiest person in the United States. It’s not true, but I challenge anyone to say it is not a goal worth working for –Thurgood Marshall
February 6th, 2016
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“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
February 7th, 2016
February 8th, 2016C.T. Vivian
February 9th, 2016
“Justice is never given; it is exacted and the struggle must be continuous for freedom is never a final fact, but a continuing evolving process…” – A. Philip Randolph