Harold Washington Library Center Exhibition Black History and Woman’s History Month Terri Mae Owens



Pictures of Plantations in South Carolina



Sweetgrass, Bullrush, Palmetto Popcorn Berries



Lynching Quilt and Been Yah Gullah Dolls and Sweetgrass Baskets



Woman’s History Quilt and Gullah Dolls with Sweet Grass Baskets


Harold Washington Library Center Exhibit A “Woman Was Lynched Yesterday” Banner and Sculptures by Terri Mae Owens

My Gullah Exhibit will be on display at the Harold Washington Center February 2, 2018 through March 31,  2018.

Sculptures and Banners to Honor the Memory of Women and Girls who were Lynched in America.


Harold Washington Center Exhibit in Chicago, Illinois for Black History Month and Women’s History Month.



Charleston Gullah Display


Charleston Gullah Display





A Woman Was Lynched Yesterday Banner by Terri Mae Owens Harold Washington Library Center Exhibit

There was not a banner for women and for girls who were lynched in America.  It is time that there is one.  Banner and sculptures by Artist Terri Mae Owens MFA Student

Fiber and Materials Studies School of the Art Institute Chicago

My exhibition will be on display at the Harold Washington Library Center, for Black History Month and Women’s History Month. February 2 – March 31, 2018 at 400 South State Street, in Chicago, Illinois




Pictures of Slave Plantations in South Carolina



Sweetgrass, bullrush, popcorn berries, Sabal Palmetto leaves









African-American Women: More than Survivors of Social and Political Injustices

“Strong Black Women” like Representative Maxine Waters, Mrs. Michelle Obama, Serena Williams, Beyonce, and Normani, are a few women whom I am proud to say exemplify personal and professional character that is symbolic of the stuff that African American woman are made of.

Each day I am made wiser and stronger by their examples of how to keep focused while experiencing attacks on their womanhood and humanity.  Thanks ladies.

I was inspired by Normani’s ability to channel her feeling of having been bullied  through the expressive art of dancing.  Check it out…



The Legacy of “Let Girls Learn”

On yesterday, I read that the “Let Girls Learn” Initiative is being terminated by the Trump administration. While I was saddened by the news, I quickly realized that no one entity or administration has the power to stop progress of any kind, and particularly not of this kind.  Listen to First Lady, Mrs. Michelle Obama talk about the power of the initiative “Let Girl’s Learn.”

“Michelle Obama speak on International Women’s Day”PBS News Hour





“Let Girls Learn” – Peace Corps Ethiopia


“Let Girls Learn” with or without the title, or government support and recognition, is a seed that has already been planted.  It will continue to grow and prosper in its activism and support in this country, as well as around the world, because it is fueled by the will of women and girls, who are determined to support women and girls, whose value is marginalized simply because of the sex they were born into.

Michelle Obama’s “Let Girls Learn” Program Dismantled  the Young Turks


It became apparent in trying to replace Obama Care, that it is much easier to criticize and repeal, than it is to come up with replacements for well thought out collaborative initiatives regardless of expressed animosity for the authors.

Since the announcement, I have done a little research concerning the fate of “Let Girls Learn” which I share below.

First on CNN: Trump administration memo calls for ending Michelle Obama’s girls education program

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/01/politics/trump-michelle-obama-girls-education/ 5/2/17

While I was concerned by the news, I am confident that like with “Meals on Wheels Program, and Planned Parenthood, both threatened by this administration, that the legacy of what Mrs. Obama started will survive in spite of what it is called.

There are private citizens in this country, and around the world, who will keep the   actual initiative funded no matter what it is called.

“Let Girls Learn” USAID Video


While it is not entirely the case, the faces of many of the girls who benefit from the initiate of “Let Girls Learn” are those whose skin color is brown or black.  This country was founded upon the injustice of legally, and systematically denying those with black skin to become educated.

I would argue that it is fitting that Americans take the lead in the imitative of educating girls world-wide because our humanity connects our individual communities as one global community.

“Let Girls Learn – GLOW Ghana”


“Let Girls Learn – Good Father Project, Mongolia”


White House says ‘Let Girls Learn’ initiative has not been changed despite internal documents

The programme has invested at least $1 billion in projects to empower girls around the world

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-michelle-obama-let-girls-learn-ended-scrapped-white-house-a7712361.html 5/2/17

Mrs. Obama, your work has sparked many fires.  Your leadership has personally inspired me to do what I can, as an individual, to inspire activism for the imitative of “Let Girls Learn.”  Thank you.

News Update:

“Trump administration denies report about ending Michelle Obama’s ‘Let Girls Learn’ program”


President Obama Post Presidency

When I lived in Trenton, New Jersey, I traveled to Newark, New Jersey, to work as a Community Organizer for Acorn.  It was a job that my daughter Tamika found for me, because she knew that I am passionate about working on issues of politics that make our communities a more inclusive place to live.

Working for Acorn was a great learning experience.  As a Community Organizer, I traveled in groups with other organizers and was dispatched to neighborhoods where we did a lot of walking and knocking on doors.

President Obama, my clipboard was one of the first things they saw in my hand.  While many were not happy to see me knock on their doors, their interest in my practiced opening dialogue, written by Acorn, opened their minds to my presence.

My experience as a community organizer also included doing a lot of foot work to register people to vote.  While we were registering people to vote in support of our candidate, my main agenda was to just engage into conversations that would get people registered.

In addition to a lot of walking, I made hundreds of telephone calls from a list generated by Acorn, to solicit support for the nonprofit through financial support and through recruiting volunteers. I conducted this work in my community in Trenton, as well as in the Acorn Office that was located in Newark, New Jersey.

I am proud of the work I did as an Acorn activist because not only did I worked with them to help get Cory Booker elected, but I also protested in front of a paint store to advocate against lead poisoning.

What was most memorable, was that I did a lot of walking to meet and talk to people of all races and ages in their homes, while seated at their kitchen and dining room tables.  While some saw me at the door with that clipboard and did not answer, others who welcomed me into their homes to listen to what I had to say, sometimes invited me to stay and eat with them, the meal they were in the middle of preparing before I knocked on the door.

I became even more proud of my affiliation with Acorn when I learned that President Obama was also an Acorn Community Organizer.

President Obama has decided to make a priority of working with young people, engaging them into the politics of being independent ambassadors of this country.  Those young people as well as this country will be greatly blessed, and they will go out into the world, as President Obama is doing, and educate and bless others.

“FULL: Former President Obama Speaks at the University of Chicago 4/24/2017”

World News Today

As I listened to the young people engaged with Obama speak, I was inspired.  At 60 years old, I too am excited about doing something meaningful with the rest of my life that will make a difference in the quality of life of those living in this country, as well as for people in countries around the world.

I have experienced a lot of challenges that I did not welcome at the time, but my wealth of life experiences, as well as my age, has well prepared me for the future endeavors I anticipate exploring.

The life of President Barrack Obama is evident to us all that the universe has our back, and in spite of experiences that are challenging, each experience is preparing us for the life that we are intended to live out.