Photographs by John Watts and Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts
In the celebration of Juneteenth becoming a national holiday,“The day was recognized as a federal holiday on June 17, 2021, when PresidentJoe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law (Wikipedia)”, I would like to congratulate the event by posting the, All Black Lives Matter, mural on Halsey Street, Newark, NJ. The mural is located in front of Hahne & Company building. It is in the same block as our building. On Saturday, June 27, 2020, John and I step out of our building, seeing people working on the mural. We both ran inside the house and took our equipment; John had his camera and I had my camcorder to record in video and photographs. John was very clever; he went onto the flat roof of our building and was able to view and take photographs of the whole length of the mural. I videoed and photographed the event on the street from the beginning to the end of the mural. We enjoyed seeing the activity. All types of people, Black, White, Brown and others joining together to accomplish the meaningful mural “All Black Lives Matter”.
For the occasion of the “All Black Lives Matter” mural, which was in the process of being made, I asked my husband, John Watts to display my two artworks of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi on our shop gate. Both of these great leaders were practitioners of equal rights and non-violence which was the essence of the event.
This is a lady who lives in one of the Hahne’s apartments. Her living room is opposite our building, and she came down to view my artworks close up.
The mural was successfully achieved. Everyone who participated was happy. The mural is the evidence of all humanity organizing and helping one another. This expresses a need to accomplish the same goal as Equal Rights for all, recognizing that no person or race, should be abused or treated as less valued than others.
John Watts and Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Wednesday, June 29, 2021
Dr. King and Gandhi’s Ing Artwork Display in Public for the First Time in 2021 and Kai, 5-year-old Street Artist
On Halsey Street, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Photographs by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts and Ing’s grandson Kai
My husband, John Watts is helping me put up two of my artworks.
Kai took these Photographs for Grandpa John & Grandma Ing.
Due to the pandemic of COVID-19, Kai has to wear a mask when he is outside of the house. All concerned citizens all over the world should wear a mask when they are in public if they are concerned about catching COVID-19. People who have the virus will not spread germs to the other people if they wear masks.
The United States is very lucky to have Joe Biden as the new president in 2021. He is concerned about the spread of the virus that will harm and kill more. He believes in science, and vigorously worked to acquire and distribute the vaccine to all eligible citizens. The result is a reduction of people getting COVID-19, and the reduction of people dying from the virus. The previous president, Donald Trump, does not believe in science, and shows this by his example of not wearing a mask. His followers, most of them Republicans, voted for him, support him, and follow his example, by condemning the use of masks, refusing to wear them, and not practicing social distancing.
Mr. Trump had, and continues to have, rallies that pack people next to each other by the thousands. Most of the audience are not wearing masks, while, Mr. Trump, speaks at a podium that has a plexiglass screen to prevent the COVID-19 virus droplets reaching him. Also Mr. Trump and his wife quietly received the COVID-19 vaccine without letting his followers know, and all his children also received the COVID-19 vaccine
By the end of Trump’s administration, over 500,000 (Five hundred thousand) people died as a result of his actions. The most puzzling aspect of this is that about 70,000,000 (seventy million) people voted for Trump, most of them Republicans, for his second term. Belief without reason can cause great harm to the believer and if seventy million people or more do so, this can cause the collapse of social order. If Mr. Trump became the president in a second term, no one could foresee how many more US citizens would die. The US economy could be far worse with many millions more unemployed, and a dramatic rise in the homeless population in the country.
I wish to keep my writing as a record on my website for my grandchildren and other generations. My intention is to make others aware that believing blindly in anything without reasoning and education can destroy all of us.
Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Sunday, April 18, 2021
I wanted to see my grandson’s face so I asked him to pull his mask down.
Two of my artworks, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi, are posted on our shop gate for the public. It is being posted for the first time this year, 2021.
We saw a fire truck passing by.
Kai the Street Artist:
The 5-Year-Old Street Artist on Thursday, March 25, 2021, Halsey Street, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Photographs by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts
Kai was starting to do his drawing. He searched for the color markers. Then with confidence, he drew the line of the object that he had in mind.
Kai quickly drew his first character without any hesitation in a short period of time.
“Is it dinosaur, Kai?” I asked him. He shook his head. I asked, “Godzilla?” Kai said “Yes”
“I will draw The Gigan monster.” Kai said.
“The story of the monsters – it’s the mighty Godzilla movie”, Kai said.
Kai drew a snake monster between Godzilla and the Gigan monster.
Kai told me that he was drawing The Three Headed King Ghidorah, who is the ultimate nemesis of Godzilla.
While Kai was working on his drawing, this person was walking by and gave a nice comment to the young artist. I appreciate his comment to encourage Kai and also, he keeps the side walk clean. All people who do the sanitation work are important. If the bathroom in the office building is filthy and smells bad, it will make the work place unpleasant. We should have Sanitation Day to thanks the people who keep the places clean.
Kai drew the Mothra monster in the adult stage, then he drew the Mothra monster as a baby in the caterpillar stage.
Kai looked at grandma and said nothing. I thought he might be a little tired. I asked him if he would like a glass of milk, but he said no.
Kai colors the Rodan monster in red and Godzilla in green.
Halsey Street is quiet, the restaurant next door is still closed due to COVID-19.
“It’s very hot!” Kai said. “Take your jacket off.”, I recommended.
Kai said, “Grandma, look at these!” He lifted off the patch that cover the fox eyes on his shirt and I said “Peek A Boo!” He was so proud of his foxy design shirt.
Then Kai went back to drawing the King Kong character on his artwork.
For a while Kai turned sideways.
Then he jumped out of his seat and ran up the steps. He put up his hands and made some noise. I asked him what kind of animal is that. “Chicken!” Kai responded.
He ran back and forth in front of our shop, passed his artwork, to the entrance of the building next door. He did this a couple times.
Kai went back to his chair and looked at his artwork for a while, then he jumped up and ran again. I guess he needed to regenerate some energy before he resumed his artwork. Or he is just a five-year-old kid that want to have some fun, most of the time.
Kai went back to color his artwork after he had his fun of running like a chicken.
The Three headed King Ghidorah is in yellow. But Kai insisted it is gold.
“King Kong has to be brown”, Kai declared.
This young boy came with his mother. He stopped to see Kai’s drawing. Kai got out of his chair and let the boy sit as he gently asked the boy, “Would you like to draw?” The boy said yes. His mother told me that he is four years old.
I told Kai to get a mask for him. The boy and his mother did not wear masks. Then I went to get drawing paper for the boy. His mother stood not very far from us talking on the phone to someone. After finishing her phone call, she said that she is going to take her son for lunch at a restaurant nearby and she will bring him right back.
Kai waited for the boy to come back and do drawing with him. But the boy and his mother never come back. Kai went back to color his artwork and said “I wish he is coming back. I like him.” I felt sad for my grandson that the boy did not come back. I guess that Kai was hoping for a new friend.
Kai said “I finished my artwork Grandma.” I said to him “I like your drawing and your story. You can show your artwork to your Mommy and Daddy.” His Grandpa John also loves his artwork.
I asked Kai to pose with his artwork. He felt good for his achievement. I am glad that Kai enjoys doing artwork. As his Grandma, it makes me very happy to see his happiness and playfulness. We adults have to gently give encouragement to the youngsters in our family and all others as well. Children today will replace us, and become adults tomorrow. Loving and kindness to all can form a peaceful and harmonic family and society.
On this edition for Saturday, July 18, remembering John Lewis, a Civil Rights Movement leader and a longtime member of Congress who died of pancreatic cancer on Friday night. Also, the U.S. records more than 70,000 COVID-19 cases for the second time in a row leading officials to start reimposing restrictions in some areas in the country. Hari Sreenivasan anchors from Florida. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: https://to.pbs.org/2Jb8twG Find more from PBS NewsHour at https://www.pbs.org/newshour Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2HfsCD6
Congressman John Lewis Address | Harvard Commencement 2018
Congressman and Civil Rights leader John Lewis gave his address at Harvard’s 367th Commencement on May 24, 2018 at Tercentenary Theatre. For more information, visithttps://news.harvard.edu/gazette/stor….
Countless tributes are pouring in to memorialize the life and legacy of civil rights leader and longtime Georgia Democratic Congressman John Lewis. Representative Marcia Fudge of Ohio and CBS News political contributor and Democratic strategist Antjuan Seawright joined CBSN to discuss Lewis’ legacy.
Rep. Clyburn: If Trump wants to honor John Lewis, this is what he needs to do
John Robert Lewis, the son of sharecroppers who survived a brutal beating by police during a landmark 1965 march in Selma, Alabama, to become a towering figure of the civil rights movement and a longtime US congressman, has died after a six-month battle with cancer. He was 80. Lewis, a Democrat who served as the US representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district for more than three decades, was widely seen as a moral conscience of Congress because of his decades-long embodiment of nonviolent fight for civil rights. His passionate oratory was backed by a long record of action that included, by his count, more than 40 arrests while demonstrating against racial and social injustice. A follower and colleague of Martin Luther King Jr., he participated in lunch counter sit-ins, joined the Freedom Riders in challenging segregated buses and — at the age of 23 — was a keynote speaker at the historic 1963 March on Washington. “Sometimes when I look back and think about it, how did we do what we did? How did we succeed? We didn’t have a website. We didn’t have a cellular telephone,” Lewis has said of the civil rights movement. “But I felt when we were sitting in at those lunch counter stools, or going on the Freedom Ride, or marching from Selma to Montgomery, there was a power and a force. God Almighty was there with us.” Lewis has said King inspired his activism. Angered by the unfairness of the Jim Crow South, he launched what he called “good trouble” with organized protests and sit-ins. In the early 1960s, he was a Freedom Rider, challenging segregation at interstate bus terminals across the South and in the nation’s capital. “We do not want our freedom gradual; we want to be free now,” he said at the time. At age 25, Lewis helped lead a march for voting rights on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, where he and other marchers were met by heavily armed state and local police who attacked them with clubs, fracturing Lewis’ skull. Images from that “Bloody Sunday” shocked the nation and galvanized support for the Voting Rights Act of 1965, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. “I gave a little blood on that bridge,” he said years later. “I thought I was going to die. I thought I saw death.” Despite the attack and other beatings, Lewis never lost his activist spirit, taking it from protests to politics. He was elected to the Atlanta city council in 1981, then to Congress six years later. #JohnLewis#CNN#News
The Black Googler Network (BGN) and Talks at Google were honored to host Congressman John Lewis. Rep. Lewis is a Presidential Medal of Freedom winner. He stopped by to discuss his recently-published graphic novel: March: Book One. March is a vivid first-hand account of his dedication to the struggle for civil and human rights
On April 5, 2016, U.S. Congressman and civil rights hero John Lewis delivered the 4th Alan D. Solomont Lecture at Tufts University, with support from the Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series. Congressman Lewis shared stories from the Freedom Rides and the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, extolled the philosophy of nonviolence, and encouraged a new generation to continue the fight for justice and equality.
John Lewis and Two Others Attacked at South Carolina Greyhound Bus Terminal| EJI, A History of Racial Justice MAY 9, 2020
On May 9, 1961, 21-year-old John Lewis, a young black civil rights activist, was severely beaten by a mob at the Rock Hill, South Carolina, Greyhound bus terminal. A few days earlier, Lewis and twelve Freedom Riders — seven black and six white — had left Washington, D.C., on a Greyhound bus headed to New Orleans. They sat interracially on the bus, planning to test a Supreme Court ruling that made segregation in interstate transportation illegal.
Director Dawn Porter uses interviews and rare archival footage in her highly anticipated documentary entitled “John Lewis: Good Trouble.” A Magnolia Pictures and Participant release, the film chronicles the Georgia U.S. Congressman Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on issues ranging from voting rights to immigration. Drawing on present-day interviews with Lewis, now 80 years old, Porter explores his childhood and inspiring family as well as his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, the film features interviews with a variety of political figures including Ayanna Pressley, Elijah Cummings, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Stacy Abrams, Jim Clyburn, Nancy Pelosi, and Eric Holder. A post screening discussion includes a conversation between Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch and Dawn Porter. The film will be released in theaters and on demand July 3. A limited number of the tickets will be available via the museum’s website on:
John Lewis Is a Personal Symbol for a Historic Period
By Bryant Rollins Nov. 14, 1976
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John Lewis is a name from the past in the American civil rights movement, but it is also a name from the present, and perhaps the future, of American politics. Mr. Lewis, normally the most self?effacing of men, was prideful and expansive last week in declaring, as others have, that Southern black voters had been responsible for electing a Southern white politician President.
The claim is no more susceptible to final proof, or disproof, than others that have been and will be made; the closeness of the vote encourages the claims but also means all the votes are vital for Jimmy Carter. Yet Mr. Lewis has more evidence on his side than most: There has been a peaceful political revolution in the South, and Mr. Carter has been its first beneficiary. For instance:
In 1960 there were only about a million blacks registered to vote in the 11 states of the Deep South; there are now four million. In 1960 there were fewer than 50 black elected officials; now there are about 2,000, In 1960 any attempt by large numbers blacks to register to vote, or to organize politically in any effective way, was met with violent resistance by whites; today, black political participation is an accepted reality.
Last week, black voters apparently contributed substantially to Mr. Carter’s margin of victory in all the states of the Deep South except Virginia, which President Ford won. In Georgia, whites and blacks alike favored Mr. Carter. Elsewhere in the South, about 55 percent of the white voters preferred President Ford, but over 95 percent of the black voters favored Mr. Carter.
Even that near unanimity would not have mattered had it involved the insignificant black vote of the past. This year, 63 percent of registered Southerners, black and white, voted, compared with 53 percent nationwide.
John Lewis is not the only person responsible for that. Last Sunday in Atlanta he was one of about 100 blacks and whites who attended a reunion of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee—the student?based activist group of the 1960’s—that Mr. Lewis once headed.
But there were few in that group, now largely over the antimagical age of 30 and mundanely middle class, who constitute a better individual symbol—both a barometer and a progenitor—of black progress from productive protest against a racist social system to productive groundwork within the political system.
He was born the third in a family of 10 children and raised near Troy, the seat of Pike County, Alabama. When he was three years old, in 1943, his sharecropper father took his life savings—$300—and bought his own farm. There, oh 100 acres of mostly cotton in the center of predominantly white farming country, John Lewis was raised in the rigidly segregated environment that prevailed.
That segregation began to break down with the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955, led by Dr. Martin Luther King. The boycott also provoked Mr. Lewis’ interest in nonviolent social protest. He says now:
“It was inconceivable to us that black people would openly defy white people in the state of Alabama. To see hundreds of thousands of Montgomery blacks refusing to ride the buses, walking together to work, and forming car pools, was a moving experience. We used to lie in the dark at night listening to the news on the radio.”
Mr. Lewis, now 36, is a Baptist minister, a vocation he inclined to when he was 10; Reverend King’s leadership in Montgomery gave form to Mr. Lewis’ aspirations. He decided then not to seek an institutional church connection, but to work for social change in the deep South, and to adopt a Gandhian based, nonviolent social action as his philosophy for life.
He gained a reputation during the civil rights movement years as a mystical person who had a sometimes irrational faith in his own survivability. One leader who knew him well said: “Some leaders, even the toughest, would occasionally finesse a situation where they knew they were going to get beaten or jailed. John never did that. He always went full force into the fray.”
The spirit of nonviolent protest generated by Dr. King and his associates grew into the most powerful social movement since the mass labor organizing of the 30’s. The white South was at first bemused, then angered and outraged, and the outrage was often expressed violently. Demonstrators were brutally beaten, jailed and some were killed.
Between 1960 and 1966, Mr. Lewis was arrested 40 times. His longest term in prison was 31 days in the Parchman Penitentiary in Mississippi. He was beaten on many occasions, several times almost beaten to death. In May of 1961, he was left unconscious in a pool of his own blood outside the Greyhound Bus Terminal in Montgomery after he and a score of others were attacked by hundreds of whites; the protestors had been trying to desegregate the bus terminal. Mr. Lewis was saved by a white Southern law enforcement official. He was seriously injured again in March of 1965 at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala.
The crash of racial barriers falling throughont the South was audible in the North; what was not so audible were the cries of personal pain that many of the civil rights workers suffered. John Lewis’ two concussions, at Montgomery and at Selma, and numerous other beatings, left him with severe, numbing pains in his head. Only in recent years have neurological specialists in Boston and New York helped to relieved some of his suffering.
If the personal pain went unremarked, the movement in which it was incurred did not. The 1964 public accommodations act resulted from national outrage at the beatings of the Freedom Riders; the 1964 Voting Rights Act followed the violence of state troopers in Selma. That legislation is what enabled Mr. Lewis to change the manner in which he pursued his devotional life.
He had been the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee from its formation 1963 until 1966. He was involved in other civil rights projects until 1970, when he began the work that bore its sweetest fruit on November 2nd.
As head of the Voter Education Project in Atlanta, a nonprofit organization funded mostly by foundation grants and with a full?time staff of 10, Mr. Lewis pursues tactics he used in the civil rights movement, and his organization’s activities during the recent campaign were typical.
He worked with Julian Bond and other prominent blacks for six months in the 11 states of the Deep South to register voters, sponsor voter education workshops and help get out the vote on Election Day. More than 100 local organizations were financed.
The voter education project spent about $500,000 much of it in grants of $1,000 to $2,000 to local chapters of the Urban League or the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, to local church groups of civic organizations. Nearly all of the groups were black; a few were biracial, and some were Spanish?speaking and native American. None were white.
Mr. Lewis stresses that the work was “nonpartisan.” For tax purposes his organization cannot conduct partisan political drives. It is clear, however, that most of those who register are Democrats.
The voter education project also produced radio and television spots, hundreds of posters and thousands of leaflets promoting voter registration. One of the most popular posters included a saying used in earlier voter registration drives by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee: “Hands that once picked cotton now can pick a President.”
lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.
— Twitter @repjohnlewis June 2018
National Portrait Gallery: John R, Lewis
National Portrait Gallery: John R, Lewis and Julian Bond
National Museum of African American History and Culture: Two Minute Warning
National Museum of African American History and Culture: Disgusting
National Museum of African American History and Culture: Dr. King Holding Arms; Dr. King, John Lewis, Reverend Jessie Douglas, and James Farmer
National Museum of African American History and Culture: John Lewis, Sister Mary Leoline, and Father Theodore Gill, Selma to Montgomery March
National Museum of African American History and Culture: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Other leaders on Highway 80, Selma to Montgomery March
National Portrait Gallery: Martin Luther King, Marching for Voting Rights With John Lewis, Reverend Jessie Douglas, James Forman, and Ralph Abernathy, Selma, 1965
National Museum of African American History and Culture: John Lewis and Sister Mary Leoline Hand in Hand, Selma to Montgomery March
National Museum of African American History and Culture: The Edmund Pettus Bridge
National Museum of African American History and Culture: The Beating
National Museum of African American History and Culture: Marchers Crossing The Edmund Pettus Bridge
National Museum of African American History and Culture: Selma to Montgomery March
National Museum of African American History and Culture: Singing in the Rain, Selma to Montgomery March
National Museum of American History: March on Washington Handbill
Commemorative magazine, The Day They Marched, 1963. 1989.0603.09.
National Museum of American History Book: The Day They Marched
Leaflet. Program, March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, 1963. PL*321638.02.
National Museum of American History: Program, March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom