I went to segregated schools for the first 6 years of my education. I was in the 7th grade before I went to school with white kids. So Martin Luther King’s dream has always been firmly present for me.
Soon after I started quilting, I made a quilt named Martin’s Dream. The hope sewn into the quilt was that one day black and white children would join hands and become friends. The border makes the quilt, and it took me forever to piece all those black and white blocks of children holding hands.
Later I made a quilt that embodied my personal dreams. I named it Colored Girl Dreams. I loved the simple windmill blocks that symbolize dreaming and the neutral colors that symbolize quiet determination for me. The background fabric sparkles, but that does not show up in the picture. Colored Girl Dreams was a simple reminder to myself to never give up on my dreams.
And I never did give up on my dreams. I am Exhibit A to the case for how far we have come in this country — highly educated, solidly middle class with joyous opportunities to travel and enjoy life. Even more important, however, was my belief that the future was secure and bright. After all, I raised a daughter who never knew segregation and who does not see the world in black and white.
But on this MLK Day, there is reason to worry that progress could slip away. That is why my message today is dream like crazy but stay present. So I leave you with my quilt Be Fearless (now owned by a private collector but I am sure she would not mind me sharing it). #ovsjoyousjanuary #mlk2018